Friday, April 07, 2006

The Fathers & The Championship

While watching the NCAA College Basketball Championships won by the University of Florida the other night, it was very gratifying to see so many shots of the father’s of the players in the stands cheering on their sons to victory. As a sports fan, it is sadly unusual to see so many of the dads of players present to share in the achievements of their children. The absence of fathers as much as anything else is leading to the demise of the social fabric of the United States.

As a dad of perhaps a 5 year old in kindergarten, just walk into the school at the end of the day to pick-up your child, and watch the countenance and faces of the ‘fatherless’ children staring at you as you walk away with your child. These are the kids, who generally grow up with incredible anger raging inside of them, which produces the carnage described in this blog, which I wrote several months ago.

God knew what was coming, when He wrote this in the Bible: Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds--his name is the LORD--and rejoice before him. A father to the fatherless… (Psalm 68:4-5 NIV).

God is the universal Father to all the fatherless. They just need to know it. The devil on the other hand will exploit their rage, and entice them to feed the anger that resides in them, which unfortunately for many, ends up destroying them.

However, in the absence of genuine repentance, all of the human fathers of the “fatherless” will certainly face their own destruction as well: …whoever welcomes a little child like this in my (Jesus’) name welcomes me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. (Matthew 18:5-6 NIV)

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