2 Corinthians 6:18 I will be a Father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.
Often the role of a Father is widely misunderstood. The picture painted in today’s society is stained with many shades and colors. The picture can become quite ugly depending on the direction of your view. For some, the picture is nothing more than a blank canvas or an empty frame.
Too many of our children grow up with a twisted image of what manhood and fatherhood looks like. When you’re unsure of what these roles should be… the idea of a Heavenly Father is even further beyond reach. You could have them memorize the above Bible verse; but still, the dots are not connected… they simply don’t get it.
Every day, we are bombarded with phrases and images that work their way into our character… slowly becoming how we define ourselves. Without proper guidance and direction, the pieces chosen to build that character comes up Dark and Ugly. Here are just a few examples identity that come to mind…
~ Big Baller – Bitch – Beast – I’m Down ~
~ Gangster – Hustler – Killer – Pimp ~
~ Thug – Shot Caller – Stud – Whore ~
Just think of how many times you see these words… hear them… or see the shows, movies, and events that put them out there. The kids see what we see… but in a whole different way. Children are impressionable, trying to figure out who the are and who they’re going to eventually end up being. You can’t expect them to be as seasoned as someone who has experienced the lifestyles for real. Someone who has learned the drawbacks and pitfalls, built into them.
We are given the task of Presenting God to our Children. To teach them about who God is and what He wants. That job is not accomplished if we turn away from them. Keep in mind that our children are not just those we bring into this world. Our requirement doesn’t stop at the door. Our work is not limited to just those living under our roof.
Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
The idea of the fatherless, who they are, has expanded as our society has grown more complex. It’s not just the orphaned or children who’s dad has passed away. Today, it would include any child who’s Father is defunct in his role. In addition to the men who have abandoned their kids, we would also include the incarcerated, addicts, drunks or alcoholics, as well as those still in the home who haven’t or refuse to step up to the plate. Just being present doesn’t make them a Father.
Real Fathers, and Father figures, are those who represent and display the characteristics of God Himself. After all, He was the First Father… the very mold from which all fathers are patterned. If you don’t look something like Him… what kind of a Father are you? God loves His children, first and foremost. He is concerned about their wellbeing. He provides for them and teaches them about life. That teaching includes discipline and the difference between right and wrong. God gives encouragement and pays attention to ensure that healthy progress is being made. In the end, what you have is a mature individual who can be called a man or woman of God.