Since starting this project back in January, I have thought, grown, and learned a ton in regards to this issue of fatherless-ness. I knew in my heart that it would be a tough topic to tackle, but it was one that cried out for more coverage. I had seen so much hurt in my friends, acquaintances, and teenage students at church from their family situations. I have been forming my thesis long before I even knew about IDS. And from what I have found in books, in magazines, on internet sites, and from the mouths of trusted friends, my thesis has been confirmed.
The role a father holds is irreplaceable.
We can see that all over scripture. God created us for families. One man. One woman. For life. And the tragic result of the fall was the most important institution of all–the family.
I have realized that fathers can be much more than physically absent. There is a desperate ache to be loved and supported and affirmed and encouraged by our fathers–all mandates from God. And when we are not, there is a wound formed.
And this hurt runs deep in the hearts of children, young and old. Talking with older men, I realized how much their fathers have shaped who they are even today. We do not forget our families or where we came from, even if we want to.
But there is hope for the wounded heart. God has promised us that he is our perfect father; the one our earthly father could never be. No longer do the fatherless have to be crippled in their condition. They can change their circumstances through finding their worth in Christ, break the cycle, and be fully present fathers to their children.
“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families…”
I believe God has given us an amazing opportunity to stand in the gap and rescue this fatherless generation. There are new organizations springing up everyday to raise awareness for this issue and the church should be no exception. We need to be mentoring the next generation. What the would the world look like with no orphans or single mothers? I think we would catch a glimpse of creation restored.
For a few resources to learn more and start getting involved, check out the home page links.
Thanks for your time!