A little boy was asked to define Father’s Day and he said, “It’s just like Mother’s Day, only you don’t spend as much on presents.”
Bruce Howell writes, a good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and unappreciated heroes in all humanity. Needless to say, I agree with that statement as I look each day at the fathers of this world, and especially in this community who, for the most part, do everything they can do to do their best for the sake of their family. That’s great, but we have a big problem with dads right here in the good ol’ USA … 35% of the kids in the US live in homes with no father. Can you believe that? Listen to these facts from a study done by, “The Fatherless Generation”:
• 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes
• 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes
• 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes
• 80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes
• 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes
• Fatherless children are twice as likely to drop out of school.
• Children with Fathers who are involved are 40% less likely to repeat a grade in school.
• Children with Fathers who are involved are 70% less likely to drop out of school.
• Children with Fathers who are involved are more likely to get A’s in school.
• Children with Fathers who are involved are more likely to enjoy school and engage in extracurricular activities.
• 75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes – 10 times the average.
• Over 90% of kids who do not have their father attend church with them will not go to church after they leave home no matter how often the mother takes them to church!
It is difficult for a child to communicate his or her belief in the one true God if they don’t see it coming first from their parents, especially the father. How can we expect our children to learn about Jesus if they don’t attend worship because there is some sports event that takes priority? How can we expect our children to adopt a healthy prayer life when we can’t even thank God for the bounty He provides for something as simple as the food on our table? How can we expect our children to speak up about their salvation through faith in Christ?
So where is the good news in all this? It would appear that our sin in life, our lack of ability to spread the good news by speaking out about it, is severely lacking at times. How do we find a sense of fulfillment, happiness, and joy in this predicament? The answer is knowing this, from Romans 3, “But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law … the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
Thus, the task of the father in today’s society is exactly what it has been throughout history, to communicate the good news of Jesus Christ to a world that is drowning in sin as people search for happiness through false gods … money, power, prestige, self-glory, materialism and so on
Our task as fathers, as Christians, is to seek the glory of God by sharing the joy of salvation with those who are lost in this community and in need of hearing of the hope and redemption offered through faith in Jesus Christ.
Please join us for worship every Sunday at 9:30am. Bible study is every second Wednesday at 5:00pm. All are welcome so come as you are! New Hope Church is located at 22200 Foresthill Road, Foresthill, CA 95631, call (530) 367-3650.