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Father’s Day, really?

By Paul Bawden

Amidst all of the happenings in our world and the USA, Father’s Day is on the June calendar. Yes, Father’s Day. Really? Are fathers really necessary, for isn’t it about who wins the war, who wins the election, or the freedom of an individual to do what he or she wants to do?

Regardless of a person’s thinking, fathers are a necessary and vital part of the family.

For being a dad is one of the highest privileges that a man can have. In fact, the title that dad has, father, means the founder or progenitor of a race or a people, and his title, father, comes from the biblical God who is called Father, and the Creator of us all. This means that the earthly father actually has the opportunity to represent God the Father to his children, which is quite a thought to say the least.

In fact, according to a recent US Census poll, 18.4 million kids (more than 1 in 4) do not live with a biological, step, or adoptive father in the home in America. These statistics become more alarming when fatherless homes are affected in the following ways:

Four times greater risk of poverty; Two times greater risk of infant mortality; more likely to go to prison; more likely to have behavioral problems; Seven times more likely to become pregnant as a teen, and two more times likely to drop out of school.

Certainly, these statistics show the need for fathers to step up to the plate in the USA!! For without fathers fulfilling their privileges and responsibilities, our society will continue to decline!

The bottom line is that both father and mother are needed in the family. O.R. Johnson in his book, “Who Needs The Family?” points out the necessity of the mother to bring love, nurture, support, and direction. Then he points out, quoting from Eickhoff, that father poverty undermines the security of the child and its ability to face the unknown or great excitement with that optimistic confidence of a safe landing natural to the well fathered child. Certainly, dad and mom need to work together to make the family what God intended it.

In the month of June when dads are honored, I want you to know how much you are appreciated, but also how much you are needed in your family. Obviously, you have many things to do, but your family should be your top priority. Don’t be a renegade dad, with your children wondering where’s dad when your vital presence is needed in your family, as your children miss out on your words of encouragement and positive influence. Statistics show that the family where the father is present and carries out servant leadership that family will thrive.

Your person, dad, and time is what your wife and children need. Play with your children when they are younger. Attend their activities as they grow older. Praise your children. Listen to your children. Pray for your children. Provide loving leadership for your children. Love and serve your wife. Above all, provide them a lasting spiritual basis upon which to build their lives. Jesus Christ is that foundation. I trust that you know Him personally and are seeking to lead your family in the paths of the Lord’s righteousness. Read John 3:16 and Ephesians 6:4 in the Bible. Happy Father’s Day!!

**Dads, I encourage you to go to: – and type in this article: “What does it mean to be a godly father?” You’ll be glad you did.

Paul Bawden is married and served in the pastoral ministry for 45 years, retiring in 2011. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Speech and attended Dallas Theological Seminary, receiving a Master of Theology. He has taken counseling courses at Trinity Evangelical Seminary in Deerfield, Illinois. Paul is a lifetime member of the Evangelical Free Church of America, as well as being a member of Interim Pastor Ministries (IPM), which serves churches during their time of transition in searching for a new pastor. He writes for Union Gospel Press, as well as being a volunteer writer for Paul likes to write, read, bike, and work in the yard. The Bawdens have had the privilege to travel to Mexico and Romania on mission trips and visited various countries in Europe.


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