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FATHERS ROLE AS LEADERS IN THE AMERICAN FAMILY

FATHERS ROLE AS LEADERS IN THE AMERICAN FAMILY

WHY ARE FAMILIES BREAKING DOWN? 

TRAVIS CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH CLEVELAND, GA. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

TRAVIS CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH CLEVELAND, GA. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

WRITTEN BY PASTOR TERRY COOMER                                                                                                 Elwood Bible Baptist Church, Elwood, Indiana 46036

THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IN THE BREAKDOWN OF THE HOME IS FATHERS NOT FULFILLING THEIR BIBLICAL ROLE OF LEADERSHIP IN THE HOME. This is the most important reason for unhappy families.

God says, worship is to be led by the father. “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him and they shall keep the way of the Lord to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him” (Genesis 18:9).

Most fathers I know could care less. This is a wicked thing. There is more to being a father than just producing children. The lack of leadership by the father today in every area is the most important factor in the breakdown of the American home. I pray the Lord will give us more men like Joshua.

Joshua 24:14-15, “Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: BUT AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE, WE WILL SERVE THE LORD.”

There has to be a consecration by dad. There is more to a marriage than just living together in a physical relationship.

Lack of godly male leadership brings about the disastrous consequences of rebellion, delinquency, and sexual promiscuity. Divorce is usually caused by a father not taking his Biblical responsibilities and is something God hates, (See Malachi 2:12-17. Matthew 19:5-6.)

The most important cause of divorce in America is the lack of proper, godly leadership by the father and husband. It is also the most frequent cause of children’s feelings of rejection, behavioral problems, and anxieties.  Ephesians 6:1-4. Notice in verse 4, “And ye fathers provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” The word “wrath” means a strong desire to avenge. How does a father provoke a child to wrath? By not bringing him up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord; Nurture means training with structure. Most fathers have no desire for the Word of God and they are raising angry vengeful children because they are not committed to training their children in spiritual principles as God commands. Of course, they cannot train the child if they are ignorant of God’s principles themselves. That is a picture of the American father.

David Blankenhorn in his 1995 book, Fatherless America,” says “the culture change from a stable, two parent home to the father’s abandonment of his responsibilities of marriage and parenting is America’s most urgent social problem. The father’s absence is the main reason for unhappy homes, many current social problems, and is a national crisis of our time.”

According to the National Fatherhood Institute, 40% of the children in the United States have not seen their father for a year! In the last 15 years “fatherless” children jumped from 10.2 million to 15.6 million. 70% of juveniles in detention centers and reformatories are children of fatherless homes. Statistics indicate that “violent criminals” are overwhelmingly males who grew up without a father’s leadership. This includes 60% of America’s rapists, 72% of adolescent murders, and 70% of long-term prison inmates. One out of every four high school seniors graduate functionally illiterate. It is more than a physical presence. There are many homes where a father is there, but that is all. They want all their needs fulfilled, but do not want to take the spiritual, godly, or normal leadership that God intended. Instead children grow up listening to their parents fight, cuss, yell, scream, spend money on all kinds of entertainment and material possessions trying to be happy.

The father’s failure to take responsibility and leadership in the home has created a valueless, unhappy, fractured home and society. This failure has had a devastating effect on our children and has spawned a multitude of wicked societal problems including delinquency, sexual promiscuity, drug use, and violence.

The family is in trouble in America because men fail to be the leaders God wants them to be. We desperately need to pray for the men of this country to do as God has commanded. The results of the men not obeying God have been disastrous. The great need is for men to repent of their sins, to really come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and then to be obedient to the commands of God from His Word. Men must be the leaders God desires them to be. May God help us to pray for the men of America.

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  1. Reblogged this on TEA & TESTIMONY and commented:
    It’s worth it to mention that you don’t have to be a biological father to be a “father” to someone. Everyone can be an extension of Jesus to someone else.

    I am blessed to have had a very present father in my life, but this is a great reminder that not many of us have that privilege. I love this exhortation to male believers to step up to their Godly callings.

    • PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER

      My friend, I thank you for your wisdom and beautiful thoughts on this matter. We also thank you for reblogging this very important works. May the Lord bless you abundantly as you work diligently to do the work of the Lord.

  2. Amen! So very true! Excellent word for today ….

    • PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER

      Thank you my friend and may the Lord bless you abundantly stand strong as a Mother Hen, leading, teaching, equiping and guiding as the Lord would have you to do so. Be Blessed as you walk out your purpose.

      • Thank you so very much..Pastor Davis!

        • PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER

          You are so welcome my friend!

          • Pastor, I am seeking direction for Sunday worship. We are somewhat new in this community. I have been attending a fellowship for a few months> I question a few things.I am passionate about praise, worship and prayer. I am seeing that some churches are eliminating alter calls and lack in other areas. There is a slight dryness and I shall withhold and further thoughts. Thank you!

            • PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER

              My friend, I do understand the dilemma you are facing. These are very difficult times for so many believers, I encourage you to always stand strong on your faith. Study your bible daily and seek the Lord’s guidance through your prayers. Know that He will never fail you. Stay focus on Him and the truth of His Holy Word. Now with that said, I invite you to visit with us each and every weekend as we offer to our many readers, disciples, visitors and friends a complete weekend service of Prayer, praise and worship service that you can partake in, share with family and friends and just have a plain old hallelujah good time. Check out our archives for some of our past weekend service and see if they are what you could be seeking. Yes we do offer Alter call every week. Let me know what you think. May the Lord bless you my friend is your search.

  3. In this regard, I am doing okay. But I could do better. I teach Sunday school each week, which is great. But I “cannot get” my kids to go to church afterward. That is weakness. I do not pray with my kids. I do not teach my kids scripture. This article has been inspiring to me. Thank you.

    • PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER

      My friend, the Lord places people and things in our lives for a reason. He placed this ministry and this article before you to empower you, encourage you and equip you that you may be that instrument in your children lives to lead, guide, equip and teach them the ways of the Lord only as a loving father such as your self can do for his own children. Thank you for sharing your deep and honest thoughts with us. Please return and study with us, for we will be continuing to teach on this subject for the rest of the week. May the peace of the Lord rest and abide in you now and always in Jesus name.

  4. Reblogged this on aaapb789 and commented:
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    • PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER

      My friend, I thank you for taking the time to reblog this very important works and share it with the many people that the Lord has place in your care. May it be a source of inspiration for all those who take the time to read and study it. Be blessed my friend as you walk out your purpose doing the will of the Lord.

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