I recently stumbled upon the report of a man who asked a prostitute to take his son’s virginity as a birthday present for the 14 year-old. I couldn’t help but think what kind of a father would do such a thing. The report says that the Polish national took the boy out in his car and allowed him to pick the prostitute, who was standing at the side of the road in Nottingham’s red-light district. But the 42-year-old father was arrested after the teenager chose an undercover police officer. He was arrested and prosecuted and was handed a 10-month prison sentence, suspended for a year. What a joke! Although a few weeks old now, I thought it was worth commenting on as this is a terribly bad example of parenting especially fatherhood. Fatherhood – the symbol of integrity, leadership and authority in the home is, in this case, nothing short of mockery. In a world where fathers now solicit prostitutes for their sons to take away their virginity, how can we ever expect to have good family values? What family values can this man ever pass to his son? By this action, I believe he has demonstrated very poor fatherly values and one who has no appreciation for good moral values. In a world where teenage pregnancies and the like are as common as breathing the air, we find a 14 year-old boy who has kept himself. Rather than be happy and applaud his son, this man does the exact opposite. He takes his son from a place of high moral standards, which is so rare in the teenage world today, to the lowest of the low, to a red light district. What kind of father is this? Lord have mercy!!!
A word for your week ~ Ephesians 6:4
Beloved, our text this week says “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord” God in His word, makes it very clear that the father in the home has the responsibility of training and admonition – rebuke, reprimand or scold, the child or children. Of course the wife will help ensure the training and admonition. This is God’s standard and expectation of fathers. And we have great examples of this in the Bible. We see Abraham in Gen 18:19 God saying that Abraham is one who will command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice. We also see Job in Job 1:1-5. In summary, Job’s children would party and afterwards Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all because he said, “It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This Job did regularly. So, we find these two great examples in the Holy Scriptures and as fathers today, we would do well to follow these examples and command our homes after God, to keep the way of the Lord, live righteously and do justice. Not only that, at every opportunity, we must endeavour to celebrate our children and our homes as we see them observe the way of the Lord, live right and do justice and not introduce them to values that are morally bankrupt. As a father of two young children, if I have any nightmares, it is the thought of my children living contrary to what the Bible teaches, for which I pray to God to help me and indeed any father out there who desires to do family by what the Bible teaches. I think I can hear several Amens!
As you begin a new week today, I prophesy that…
- The Lord shall fill your week with joy, rejoicing and laughter!
- The Lord will order and direct your steps to where He has favour waiting for you!
- You shall not miss your moment of breakthrough!
- Increase, abundance and overflow is the sequence in which God will bless your life!
- You are blessed and mightily favoured of the Lord!
Have a great week!