Fatherhood – A Different Perspective
By Nathan Leal June 21, 2015
Warning – This article is not for the weak sissy men out there living in denial. But then again, if it applies, maybe you do need to read this. There, I said it
Over the last few days, I have been reminded by the calendar on the wall and my wife, that once again, Father’s Day has arrived.
…Two words that some people do not think about when they say them.
Two words that can have various potential meanings.
The day when the people of GOD gather for an assembly could be called “Father’s Day.” But how many people think about our Heavenly Father when they read those words on a calendar?
Aside from that spiritual concept, “Father’s Day” is an earthly holiday invented to commemorate fathers. Hallmark loves it because they get to sell, “Father’s Day” cards.
Family members love it because it rallies motivation for the family to do something different.
“What difference,” you ask?
It is the scene that is replayed over and over, millions of times across the country, on Father’s Day. Traditionally, the wife and children will wake up the father of the house; give him a card and say, “Happy Father’s Day!”
He’ll yawn as he awakens and will say, “Thanks.”
They then say, “Now take us to _____! (Fill in the blank) on a picnic, on an outing, for a drive, shopping, out to eat etc…
Most of the time, it is something fun. Why? Because it is – Father’s Day…and Father’s Day is supposed to be fun.
On paper, this day sounds like a good thing. It is good policy to acknowledge the father, because after all, he earned it…right?
But this is where the story becomes interesting.
In the Judeo-Christian culture of yesteryear, a God fearing father was a staple of society. Fathers were the backbone of most households. Men stepped up to the plate and maintained their role at fatherhood.
Today, it is a different story, in today’s culture of the new millennium, the father’s role has eroded. For the first time in American history, less than half of all U.S. households are dwelling in holy matrimony!
The role of the father has been replaced with the temporary uncommitted partnership of a “baby’s daddy.”
Isn’t that something? A child’s mother now refers to the father as the “baby’s daddy,” …or in the third person, “their father.”
In the old days, a child out of wedlock was the fuel for “scorn.” But today, out of wedlock kids have become acceptable, trendy and even progressive.
And it is from this point of view that I would like to visit the meaning of the holiday. Because I submit this to you, in my opinion, Father’s Day has lost its meaning.
Why? Because for the most part, society has nullified the role of the father. Based on my observation, out there in the world, “Father’s Day” is now a commemoration for what almost half of the adult male population did ….they made babies!
I am not trying to be unkind, but the stats reveal the truth. Society no longer values the moral virtue of marriage. When most households consist of people who are “shacked up,” the results speak for themselves.
Today in movies, the big celebration is not about “the guy” asking “the girl” to get married…it is about the guy asking her to move in with him!
And as Hollywood goes…so goes society…
Which fulfills Bible prophecy:
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry,….” 1 Timothy 4:1-3
The passage above tells us that the trend of “shacking up” is a part of Bible Prophecy.
So as people function in the new paradigm of societal musical chairs; moving in, moving out, and in the interim making babies….
I must ask, “Are men who spread their seed without responsibility deserving of a Father’s Day card?”
My friends, I propose that if this day is observed from the standpoint of only procreation and picnics, this day it is not that special.
To the world, fatherhood has become the role with a missing pilot. It is a role that no longer has expectations. It has lost its nobility. Fatherhood has surrendered its biblical foundations to the excessive lifestyle of irresponsibility and pleasure.
But if you are a Christian, this cannot be your viewpoint of fatherhood. Your definition of fatherhood must line up with God’s statutes which is what we find in the Scripture.
And ladies and gentlemen, the world’s role of a father is polar opposite to God’s expectation of a father. According to Scripture, the father is supposed to be the priest over his house, the spiritual authority, the (here it comes folks) …the “head of the house!”
Unfortunately, this view is contrary to the world, i.e., Hollywood…remember that TV show: “Everybody Loves Raymond?” In that program, the dad is a bumbling idiot who also happened to be whipped by his bossy and overbearing wife.
In the old days of, “I Love Lucy,” it was Lucy messing up. Ricky was the authority. Not anymore! Society’s view of men has evaporated.
Today, on TV, men have become a caricature of “worthless bobble-heads,” who are wimpy, brainless, and disposable. But that is the world’s view, which is a basket of lies!
Unfortunately, most believe it, and as a result, it is a viewpoint that is destroying Western society.
But the real truth is – It takes a real man to be a father.
What is a real man? He is one who began as a young boy, but then grew up and put away childish things.
A real man is one who learned the importance of the statutes of God and maintained the statutes for the duration of his life. A real man understands his biblical role to be the head of the house.
And also….here it come folks…
The Godly role of a father cannot be accomplished by man who tolerates being whipped by a feminist wife with a Jezebel Spirit! (Ouch! Did I just say that?)
Today’s anti-God culture parades itself as trendy. But society’s record reveals another story. A sad story that proves that the gender wars are an utter and colossal failure. A failure that has capsized manhood into confused men acting like little mumbling mice.
Society has capsized and inverted the genders.
Males acting like females, females acting like Butch Cassidy. This trend has been fueled by Hollywood entertainment. Today, TV metro-sexual men preen themselves.
Preen? What is that?
From the dictionary:
Preen- to clean their fur with their tongue- like a cat.
Preen- to dress or groom with elaborate care.