“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
— Ephesians 6:4
Well, dads, this is your day—Father’s day, and what is the state of fatherhood in modern America today? One lady, a few decades ago, put it like this: “Women need a man like a fish needs a bicycle.” That is what she said. That is what Gloria Steinem, one of the leading gurus of the feminist movement said.
And so, men, fathers, it seems that we are obsolete. We are unneeded. There has been a huge denigration of fatherhood and maleness in our country in our generation. It is even said that maleness is a recessive and repressive gene, and it’s a big mistake. We’d be better off without any men in this world. I’ve got news for those ladies. There wouldn’t be any civilization without men, but I guess they are working on that next.
America is suffering from a serious case of fatherlessness. An absentee or brutish father, an abusive father, a weak father, has an enormous impact upon the children. Scientists have discovered that you, gentlemen, as godly fathers, as faithful fathers, have an impact and an importance which is vastly greater than anybody imagined many years ago. Yes, it seems that fish need bicycles, doesn’t it?
God has chosen earthly fathers to essentially be His representative on earth to their children. Therefore, let all Christian fathers strive to be great examples to our children.
Lord, help us to realize the importance of our relationship to our children. Help us to fulfill our vows that we made to bring up our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord…
IN HIS STRENGTH, WE CAN REFLECT OUR
HEAVENLY FATHER TO OUR CHILDREN.