- Proverbs 22:6 (ESV)
The passage from Proverbs tells a lot about what God expects from fathers as they raise theirs children. We Christians are expected to firmly implaint His guidance in their hearts and souls as it will stick with them throughout their life.
And the picture is important because it shows a young father, a soldier preparing to depart for World War I from England, standing with his proud young son who is dressed in copy cat fashion, not knowing if he will return from war to watch his son grow into a man. But he can take comfort in knowing that those early memories of him will live on and that our Loving Father above will always be there for him to guide his actions.
Yes, it's Father's Day and it's sad that so many Americans have opted for following a lifestyle that has in many ways rejected the traditional family structure and entered into uncharted living arrangements which are not godly in nature. But for those of us who follow His way, we know that the optimum arrangement for raising children is with a father and mother and even if for some reason that is not possible, honoring His guidance about the true manner of childrearing is what is expected of us.
So honor Father's Day, visit your father and tell him you love him and appreciate him. If he is departed, do something to honor him that the whole family can participate in, for we can change social mores and ways of living, but we can't change the truth of the way God made us and how we were constructed. Thank you, Lord, for such a magnificent creation as a loving father. And help those lost souls who follow a different course to find the true way to salvation and redemption through Thy loving grace.
Happy Father's Day, America.