Fathers Worthy of the Name
The observance of Father's Day dates back to the turn of the century, when on June 10, 1910 Mrs. Bruce Dodd of Spokane, Washington, suggested to a ministerial association of that city that a day be set aside to honor the fathers of America. In 1936 a national Father's Day Committee was formed with headquarters in New York City. So on this day we express gratitude and appreciation to our Fathers for all they mean to us.
Now there are all kinds of fathers. There are good fathers who are not Christians. However, there is no way that one can be the best father without accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. At that point you become a more complete person and an inspiration to your wife and children.
There are more collect calls on this day than any other day of the year. I have read that over 100 million cards will be sent and received to honor fathers.
I want us to look at some of the duties that are given to fathers as found within the Word of God.
1. THE FATHER IS TO BE AN EXAMPLE.
Luke 1:6 says ''And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.'' Zacharias and Elizabeth were good examples to John the Baptist.
The father must try to be a model to copy. Howard Hendricks writes, ''My home knew little of God's love, and I can still remember coming out of it. Entering into my own marriage, I prayed, 'O God, I don't know what my kids will remember me for. I don't really care if they ever remember me as a well-known preacher or professor or writer. All I cry to you for, Lord, is that you will help them to remember me as a father who loved them.'''-''Father, let my children see in me a reflection of your unconditional, unquenchable, and sacrificial love.''
One of the reasons there is a vacuum in ethics in this country is because the fathers are not being good examples to their children.
Josephine Institute of Ethics did a survey ...
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