Just a quick shout out to all you dads out there getting the job done as fathers to your children. Don’t let all this current confusion about sexuality and gender roles in marriage and family take away from the fact that YOU ARE VERY NEEDED. It is common sense: KIDS NEED A FATHER. One of the most common expressions for “orphan” in the Bible is “fatherless”. Is that because the Bible is patriarchal, out dated, or out of touch with what makes a modern family? Not at all. It is because KIDS NEED A FATHER.
I have the utmost empathy and respect for single moms who have found themselves in situations where they have to be both parents. But this current idea of actually trying to start families on purpose without a man, without a father, is ridiculous. It makes absolutely no sense. And it is not right. So all you fathers, don’t accept society’s current, and frankly, bizarre message. Dads are needed. Dads are important. Dads play a critical role in the raising of strong sons and daughters. Your kids need you. And don’t lay down on the job just because some craziness has tried to push you to the side. You are needed.
As you consider your relationship with your children as well as with your father, remember this: children desire a relationship with their father. Even those who were treated poorly by their earthly father or their dads were largely absent seem to somewhere along the line desire a relationship with them. Why is that? I think it is because we were wired to connect with our fathers. And to take it a step farther, it is a picture of the fact that we were wired for a relationship with our Heavenly Father.
May I encourage all the fathers today? Don’t accept society’s message. You are needed. And carry out the job with a heart full of love for your children. Kids spell love T-I-M-E. Make time for your family. Show them your love. Trust the Lord to show you the way. Then, when your kids come back around as adults seeking to keep the relationship with their father alive, you will have great memories to build upon. Thank you for keeping the flame of fatherhood alive!