Men have an identity issue! Often, Hollywood depicts us as self-centered couch potatoes who are always looking to party, act like adolescents and play video games. Shirking all of our responsibilities along the way.
One example of this lack of respect for fatherhood may be best illustrated by a recent survey of holiday church attendance. At the bottom of the list with Independence Day was, you guessed it, Father’s Day. As a matter of fact, MOST people no longer can even tell you when Father’s Day is! Why has this once welcomed day to honor fathers become little more than a footnote to church attendance or the evening news?
Despite the fact many of us have fallen for that misrepresentation, there are many good men who are great dads who have embraced the God-given role of fatherhood and are making an impact in the lives of their children and helping them to build and live successful lives.
Conversely, the one common denominator of many of society’s ills—pornography, human trafficking, abortion, rape, murder, alcoholism, teen suicide, and incarceration—can be traced to absentee fathers.
From these statistics, it is easy to see that men who have abdicated their roles as fathers is the single greatest problem in society today. Dads need to step up to assume their rightful roles as leaders of the family. Our kids are looking at us, and studying us, to see if we are really going to protect them, lead them, and love them.
We need to once again make it cool to honor those men who have stood up to be great dads, grand-dads or mentors.
The truth is our kids want to, or at least yearn to, stand up and shout, “That’s my dad!”