by Steve Jones

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David, Real Fatherhood (25 of 32)
Series: David - Keeping It Real
Steve Jones
II Samuel 13

AKA: "The Perils Of Paternal Passivity"

Introduction: The little three-year-old girl and her five-year-old brother would say their nightly prayers together. As many children do, they had to bless every family member, every friend, and every animal (current and past). For several weeks, after they had finished the nightly prayer, Kelli would say, "And all girls." As this soon became part of her nightly routine, to include this at the end, Dad's curiosity got the best of him and he asked her, "Kelli, why do you always add the part about all girls?" She responded, "Because we always finish our prayers by saying 'All Men '!"

While our message is for "all men" today its not hard to find some applications for all the girls as well. Since we're studying the life of David let's see how David handled fatherhood. Turns out he didn't always do so well. I'd like to be able to tell you that David was an exemplary father and he set an example that we can all follow today. However, because the Bible is a record of historical fact and not a work of fiction, the authors of the Bible do not gloss over the sins and shortcomings of its heroes. So this message will take the form of a "cautionary tale," that is, how NOT to do fatherhood. David's big weakness in fatherhood is one that's common to many of us men today and that's passivity. David was a passive, uninvolved, unaware, CLUELESS father. As a result, he reaped a lot of heartache and grief from the actions of the children that he ignored and neglected.
A lot of us men today are PASSIVE men.

Example: A letter to Ann Landers illustrates the plight of families brought about by men who are missing from action.
"Mother ran our family. Daddy was a wimp. If anyone is at fault, it's him. Almost all my teachers, from nursery to high school, were women. The male teachers were all effeminate. In one school the only male ...

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