The biblical model of a family consisting of a father, mother and children is no longer the norm in our country. Newer textbooks refrain from depicting two-parent families because they are alien to many children. In some school systems, children with two parents are reportedly asked to invite only one parent to school functions in order to avoid confusing the children possessing one parent.
Statistics indicate that in 1960, only 5% of America’s children lacked both a father and mother. By 1980 the number had risen to 18%, and by 2000, 33%. That number now stands at over 40%. In the vast majority of one-parent families, the father is absent.
Casting aside biblical standards, thousands of women (and men) consent daily to sexual relationships outside of marriage, often resulting in one-parent homes. Moreover, as divorce statistics mount, mothers (in most cases) are compelled to raise children alone. Many feminists assert that, other than donating sperm, fathers are superfluous, thus enabling them to bear and rear children alone. Lesbian couples also insist that two women can raise children more effectively than a man and woman.
Are fathers needed? Absolutely! God’s pattern from the beginning was that of a father, mother and children. Ignoring God’s pattern, however, is devastating America. A popular rap artist who was murdered years ago confessed, “I know for a fact that had I had a father, I’d have some discipline. Your mother cannot calm you down the way a man can. Your mother can’t assure you the way a man can. My mother couldn’t show me where my manhood was. You need a man to teach you how to be a man.” Hundreds of thousands of current prison inmates couldn't agree more. And the Journal of Research on Adolescence confirms that children without fathers are the most likely to end up behind bars.
The world needs fathers. More importantly, it needs Christian fathers.
“Honor your FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you” (Exo. 20:12, Eph. 6:2-3).
Jesus, always Jesus!