What kind of father does our nation desperately need?

John 14:6 – “I [Jesus] am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

The sad statistic is that since 1968, the number of children without a father has doubled to 18.4 million and of 100 countries surveyed, the U.S. had the highest percentage of fatherlessness, 300% higher than the global average. 

Most children born to women under 30 are born out of wedlock without a father, less than half of adults grew up with both a mother and a father in the home, and 70% of adolescents in drug and alcohol treatment centers have no fathers. Fatherlessness has become an epidemic, especially in America. 

A father can make incredible differences in a child’s life. However, just because a child does have a father present in his or her life doesn’t mean it’s a good father or a godly influence. There are 4 types of fathers: 

  1. Some fathers are absent.
  2. Some fathers are present but passive.
  3. Some fathers are present and abusive. 
  4. Some fathers are present, active, and healthy.

Of course, the fourth one is the end zone and only happens if a father has the Heavenly Father’s heart for their kids. The heart of God the Father gets placed into His earthly sons’ hearts to be early fathers themselves. 

The only thing that will change the hearts of men, changing the course of a family and an entire generation, is Spirit-filled Bible preaching. That’s our only hope for the next generation being more physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually healthy than recent and current generations. 

What kind of father did you have? What kind of father (or mother) are you or do you want to be in the future?

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