Faith Column: A father’s influence
Fathers are a God idea. God’s design for authority on the earth is for protection, provision and promotion. God has placed a leadership authority upon fatherhood. By design, leaders reproduce who and what they are. Where parents and children are concerned, you hear the saying “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Carrying God’s mantle of leadership is intended to equip fathers to raise their children in a godly manner and to help prepare them for a successful and fulfilled life. It is intended to empower a father to protect, to provide for, and to promote their children. In any area, authority can be either good or it can be evil. It can be with integrity and compassion, or it can be corrupted and fixed on selfish gain.
A father carries authority from God to influence his children, whether he knows it or not and whether he wants it or not. Studies of parental influence on children attending church when they become adults confirm this. These studies show that if a father does not go to church, no matter how faithful his wife’s devotions, only one child in 50 will become a regular worshiper. If a father does go regularly, regardless of the practice of the mother, between two-thirds and three-quarters of their children will become churchgoers.
Our planet is currently under the throes of fatherless-ness. Before the industrial revolution, dads worked side by side with their children and both taught and lived out the critical character traits needed for a successful life. Traits such as honesty, patience, integrity, hard work, and perseverance. These traits helped build a great nation. When the industrial revolution showed up, fathers left their farms and headed to the factories. Long workdays and swing shifts set the stage for the absentee father. Over time, fathers often became regarded merely as breadwinners. Dads made the money and moms did everything else. That kind of thinking has had a negative effect on children, on the home, and therefore on our nation.
Today in America, 43 percent of all children live without their father. Ninety percent of all homeless and runaway children, 71 percent of all pregnant teenagers, 71 percent of high school dropouts, and 75 percent of adolescent patients in drug and alcohol abuse centers, come from fatherless homes. In our generation, some people ask “are fathers really necessary?” The answer is a resounding yes!
If you didn’t have a father around, or if you are a single mother, God promises to be a father to the fatherless. God calls Himself a father. I am one of those who bucked the statistics. I grew up in a home where my father did not attend church or worship God. Yet, here i am, the pastor of a church. My brothers also regularly attend church. Something happened to us. I began to look at God as my Father at a young age. His faithful love, protection, and provision has helped me immeasurably through the years. He has taught me and imparted much wisdom to me. I want you to realize no matter what the statistics may say, that no situation is hopeless with God. He has a great plan for you and for your family! Look to Him as Father and watch Him begin to transform you and your family today!
Jason Haskell is the pastor at New Creation Church in Craig.Jason Haskell is the pastor at New Creation Church in Craig.Jason Haskell is the pastor at New Creation Church in Craig.
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