Today is Father’s Day. The Scripture for this morning service was Deuteronomy 6:4-9.
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.Deuteronomy 6:4-9
This Scripture is known as the Shema. This passage is a command for the fathers to pass on the lessons and traditions of their faith to their children. We are to teach knowledge to the next generation. We need to keep the faith of our fathers. Our country has down-spiraled due to this very fact. A story which parallels this one is found in 1 Samuel 1:3 and 2:12,22-23. In these passages you can see that faith is not generational and that examples matter.
Another interesting thing to note is that today is Juneteenth. I am not here to pick on the “black” community. In fact, this is a problem with everybody. The fatherless homes around these countries are overwhelming. Not only that but the examples of the fathers who are present are also not always pleasant.
Juneteenth is the celebration of freedom from slavery. Don’t get me wrong that is great. My purpose though is to focus on the point behind the celebration. It was due to slavery during the Civil War. I’m sure that there were several fathers which left a legacy of hatred founded on dislike for anything but themselves. We need to pass on the Christian ethics, faith, and doctrine so that our future generations will know what is right. Then they will know how to correctly defend our freedom and uphold the faith of our fathers.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:2 Timothy 3:16
The fathers of our country need to step up. There’s an amazing movie called Courageous. At the end of the movie, the main character makes a speech. Here it is:
We are inviting any man whose heart is willing and courageous to join us in this resolution.
In my home, the decision has already been made.
You don’t have to ask who will guide my family, because by God’s grace, I will.
You don’t have to ask who will teach my son to follow Christ, because l will.
Who will accept the responsibility of providing and protecting my family? I will.
Who will ask God to break the chain of destructive patterns in my family’s history? I will.
Who will pray for and bless my children to boldly pursue whatever God calls them to do?
I am their father. l will.
I accept this responsibility, and it is my privilege to embrace it.
I want the favor of God and his blessing on my home.
Any good man does.
So where are you, men of courage?
Where are you, fathers who fear the Lord?
It’s time to rise up and answer the call that God has given to you and to say, “I will. I will. I will.”