Billy Graham has said, “A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.”
The truth of that is borne out by the heartbreaking statistics Pastor Doug shared with us this past Father’s Day. Thirty percent of children are raised in fatherless homes, and those thirty percent account for the highest percentage of suicides, runaways, rapists and high school drop outs - just to name a few.
The role of a father can never be underestimated. Often he becomes the representation of God in the mind of his children. Their first understanding of a Heavenly Father is wrapped up in the image of their earthly father.
Fathers would do well to follow the example of Joshua. In his 110th year he gave this charge to the Children of Israel:
“Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24: 14-18
There is always a choice. A father who chooses to lead his family to know, love and serve the Lord gives them a priceless gift. His love for them will flow from his love for the Lord. He will lead by example, and his children will follow.
As Pastor Doug said in his closing remarks: “Dads are in a war for the souls of our families.”
That is especially true in the times in which we live, when even truth has somehow become relative. As fathers lead their children into the truth of God’s word, they will equip them to stand strong in the face of anything this world can throw at them.