“Real Fathers” are those men who accept their roles as fathers as a sacred responsibility and know they will be held responsible for the children they sire in mortality.
The traditional family, in spite of what our secular society proclaims today, is still one man married to one woman who bring children into the world and train them up to become law abiding and productive citizens in society –— not single women struggling to raise children without fathers, whose children are more inclined to be poor, less educated, and often end up incarcerated — living off the labors of traditional families.
Sadly, however, we live in a society today where political correctness has replaced the Bible as society’s standards — and it is not working well.
About 50 years ago, Lyndon Johnson implemented what he called his “Great Society.”
It has been anything but “Great.” It led to the dethroning of fathers and fatherhood from that lofty platform God had placed fathers on as head of the family, and made them responsible for the welfare of their offspring.
And that responsibility included teaching “them (the) ordinances and laws (they shall live by), and (they) shalt show them the way wherein they must walk, and the work they must do.” (Ex 18:20)
If every father would abide this commandment what a different world we would be living in today.
Johnson’s Great Society opened the door for today’s progressive social programs that have literally led to the current deplorable confusion defining what marriage and fatherhood is.
The progressives moved in and removed fathers from the home. It is truly sad that today the number of children born out of wedlock exceed those born to traditional families, with millions of children never knowing who their mortal father is or was.
No society can disregard God’s laws and survive, in spite of what progressives tell us today. No society can afford the cost of building, staffing and caring for those “monuments to ignorance” we call prisons where far too many of those coming from no-father homes reside today, putting off their responsibility of nurturing their children on the government — you and me.
America has been in decline ever since. Anytime a government destroys what God has created brings about a self-destruction of that society.
I’m grateful I was raised in a ‘traditional family,’ with a “Real Father” who taught me to work and to be responsible for my actions, and to be a part of a community.
My family encouraged me to memorize the Lord’s Prayer (Matt 6:9-13) and to learn for myself that I do indeed have another Father, a Father in Heaven (Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name …), a Father who is always there even when my mortal father is not due to death or abandonment, and who always listens to my prayers and is there to help me over the challenges of mortality, including that of fatherhood.
My mortal father died at age 97. He was a “Real Father” in every sense of the meaning because he was there when I needed him and he was always there to encourage me and to see me through the normal challenges of mortality.
I miss him and miss our many discussions on life, the meaning of life, and what lies beyond mortality. But when he left me in 1996 I still had my other “Real Father,” my Father in Heaven to turn to — something that far too many in our modern society know nothing about because they have no “Real mortal Fathers” and have been deprived of learning about Him by Johnson’s Great Society.
We are seeing the price of these progressive actions today. And it’s a heavy price.
A meaningful scripture for me is found in John 6:65-66. It reads “And he [Jesus] said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except he doeth the will of my Father who hath sent me. From that time many of his disciples turned back, and walked no more with him.”
Society today needs more “Real Fathers” who accept fatherhood and do not ‘turn back’ from their sacred role as fathers.
Happy Father’s Day.
Donald Conkey is a retired agricultural economist in Woodstock.