Our world seems to be constantly achieving new depths of crazy. Our televisions bombard us with a relentless stream of people behaving badly. Whether it is the news, reality shows, or even dramas. There seems to be a never-ending parade of violence, depravity, and hatred being lived out before us. How did things get so crazy? The answer is simple. The chaos, pain, and suffering are the result of sinful people putting their desires ahead of the interests of others.
People are not very nice to each other. They lie, cheat, steal, and act with violence to each other. Such depravity is the product of dysfunctional homes. Godly homes are far more likely to produce children who adapt well to life and become productive and valuable members of society. Whereas children raised in abusive homes are far more likely to become abusive as parents.
Not every home and every family can have a father, however a world where fatherhood is valued and encouraged is the best world for building the next generation. Sadly, Australia is a nation where fathers have been absent for far too long.
Seventy years ago, the fathers were there, because that was the expectation our society put upon them. However many fathers struggled to be present and found the home was a place that overwhelmed them. They would find every excuse to be absent and usually return home intoxicated. These men suffered greatly from the horrors of war. Enlisting as mere boys and returning home haunted by violent memories.
The next generation was the first to be indulged. Many lacked the guidance of a father’s hand and wisdom. They viewed sexual encounters as essential and responsibility as optional. It seems each generation has further broadened that gap. Today many men see marriage as optional, and even then only binding while it works for them and makes them feel good. But when the going gets tough, it’s time for them to get going.
As each successive generation becomes more self-centered and self-absorbed, the question must be asked, is there a better way?
The answer is a return to the pattern laid out in Scripture, the pattern for the family. A man and woman, committed and devoted to one another and committed to their children.
So we ask the question, “Where are the fathers?”
A good father is first of all a good husband. He is a man of his word, and he stands by the vows of marriage. The most beautiful woman in this man’s world is his wife. He sees every wrinkle in her face as a reminder of the times of laughter, and the times of hardship they have endured together. He sees the scars of childbirth as a reminder of the joy of family and the children they share. In loving her so, he models for his children what marriage can and should be.
In a home built on a foundation of truth, faithfulness, and love, the father molds the lives and expectations of the children. Every father is a hero in their child’s world, and as such becomes the mentor to a godly life.
So how do we rebuild the fathers of this land, when so many have no idea of where to begin?
The answer is simple, turn the fathers to Jesus, and he will turn their hearts toward their children. God in His Scriptures has promised this and God is faithfulness.
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet
Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
And he will turn
The hearts of the fathers to the children,
And the hearts of the children to their fathers…
This Prophecy of Scripture was fulfilled with the coming of John the Baptist and achieved through Pentecost.
Happy Father’s Day