A Fatherless Generation: The Scourge of Illegitimate Children in the Church and the Community

We have a world full of illegitimate children with no heritage and no leadership. One of the problems with American society is the absence of fathers in the lives of young men.
This is true in the physical, but also in the spiritual. Some children with somewhat capable physical providers as fathers do not have fathers that can or will provide spiritual leadership in the home. This is a sincere tragedy even in the church.
What are we Passing Down?
We pass on a lot of things:  a love of a certain type of music, a loyalty to a pro sports team or a college team, an allegiance to Ford, GM, or a foreign auto nameplate.  Not bad things in and of themselves.  But we also pass on things like a love of strong drink or drugs, cigarettes, pornography, foul language, dirty jokes, hot tempers, mistreatment of one’s spouse, gossip, hatred, depression, etc.  The one thing that makes us godly fathers and mothers is a dynamic faith in God.

Staggering Statistics
Children without a Father in the home are:
5 times more likely to commit suicide
32 times more likely to run away from home
20 times more likely to have behavior disorders
14 times more likely to be a violent rapist
9 times more likely to drop out of high school
Stats from thefatherlessgeneration.wordpress.com

Every child needs a Father

Fathering
Positive v. Negative
Loving v. Abusive
Attentive v. Absentee
Sensitive v. Macho
Temporal v. Spiritual

The Role of A Father

I. Protection
Temporal Protection
1 Samuel 17:34–37 (NKJV)
34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.”
And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”
Spiritual Protection
Ezekiel 34:5–6 (NKJV)
5 So they were scattered because there was no shepherd; and they became food for all the beasts of the field when they were scattered. 6 My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and on every high hill; yes, My flock was scattered over the whole face of the earth, and no one was seeking or searching for them.”

II. Nurture
Temporal Nurture
1 Timothy 5:8 (NKJV)
8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
Spiritual Nurture
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NKJV)
4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

III. Leadership
Temporal Leadership
1 Timothy 3:5 (NKJV)
5 for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?
Spiritual Leadership
1 Corinthians 11:1 (NKJV)
11 Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.

It is time to sing the words of the old hymn, “I have decided to follow Jesus.”

It is Never Too Late To Start Being a Godly Father

Restoration Foretold
Malachi 4:5–6 (NKJV)
5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet
Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
6 And he will turn
The hearts of the fathers to the children,
And the hearts of the children to their fathers,

A Call to Arms

Psalm 126:1–6 (NKJV)
1 When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion,
We were like those who dream.
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
And our tongue with singing.Then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
3 The Lord has done great things for us,
And we are glad.4 Bring back our captivity, O Lord,
As the streams in the South.
5 Those who sow in tears
Shall reap in joy.6 He who continually goes forth weeping,
Bearing seed for sowing,
Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
Bringing his sheaves with him.

A Fast of Repentance and Godly Sorrow

Today, I call Fathers to a fast for their own sins and for their children’s problems and issues.
From Midnight Tonight Until Midnight Saturday Night
Pray and Ask God for direction as to what to fast, but fast it the entire week.

Resources

Go to iammrswright.wordpress.com
and look for blog entitled
“24 Million Reasons”

Also, view featured image to find a link to a special parenting app for your smartphone.

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