What is at stake…the life of our children? There is a real war going on. The spiritual battlefield is just as deadly as a real world battlefield. Every child that partakes of drugs is a wounded warrior, every child that engages in premarital sex is a wounded warrior, and the list goes on. Children of families of faith are walking away from the church and their Christian faith after they leave home at the rate of 7 out of 10. This is 7 out of 10 children of believing families; this statistic does not include nonbelieving teens in nonbelieving families.
“Today, children who live in single-parent homes have increased 300 percent. But even when both parents are physically present, the father, and sometimes the mother as well are often spiritually and psychologically absent. This coupled with other factors have had devastating results on the family.”
- Since 1963, violent crime has increased over 500 percent.
- Illegitimate births have increased 400 percent.
- Divorces have increased 400 percent.
- Children living in single-parent homes have increased 300 percent.
- Teenage suicide has increased 200 percent.
- S.A.T. scores have dropped almost 80 points, despite huge increases in support for education. (J. Hampton Keathley, III)
“There can be no religious neutrality in a home because neutrality about God is itself a form of religion--an anti-God religion. If neutrality is the attitude of parents it will become the religion of their children.” (JHKIII)
“Most thoughtful parents, by contrast, want their children to know about God and moral living. But somehow in the hustle and bustle of life, they never get a chance to take stock of where such training will come from. They think if they send them to Sunday School that will do it, but that involves only one hour out of 168 hours in a week. But there is a place that has a great deal more impact than any other in society due to the dynamics involved. Where is that place? It’s the home--the place where life makes up its mind.” (JHKIII)
It is a time to reflect on how the state of fathers and families stand. Unless we understand the battlefield, and it is a battlefield with real casualties, we will not grasp the urgency.
For forty chapters our old friend Job wanted to plead his case before God, and when God showed up out of the whirlwind He asked Job questions that helped Job understand the almighty God of Heaven. Job’s reaction was to say that he would speak no more and he placed his hand over his mouth. The very next words that God spoke to Job are spoken to every man.
Job40.7a Dress for action like a man…
God commands all men to dress for action. Raising families is not a passive undertaking. God knows that it is a battle. A part of that uniform is tears; every man will shed tears for his children. Will it be after they are lost or will it be on our knees to God for their life? God knew that tears would be a part of our uniform and provided for our reward. Psalm126.5 Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!
Peace has no part of destruction:
Job5.3 I have seen the fool taking root, but suddenly I cursed his dwelling. 4His children are far from safety; they are crushed in the gate, and there is no one to deliver them.
The peace of God is not an option or suggestion. We must dress for action and pursue this peace.
Phil4.7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
When we do:
Job5.19 He will deliver you from six troubles; in seven no evil shall touch you. 20 In famine he will redeem you from death, and in war from the power of the sword. 21You shall be hidden from the lash of the tongue, and shall not fear destruction when it comes. 22 At destruction and famine you shall laugh, and shall not fear the beasts of the earth. 23 For you shall be in league with the stones of the field, and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you. 24 You shall know that your tent is at peace, and you shall inspect your fold and miss nothing.
Verse 24 holds a precious promise; as fathers we shall look and find none of our children lost. This is true peace, and a peace worth dressing up like a man for.
Published on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 @ 4:50 AM CDT