Father’s Day is designated as a time to celebrate fathers, yet we live in a culture where fathers are often ridiculed and dismissed as deadbeats. The portrayal of dads in pop culture is more than embarrassing. One journalist writes in an article titled, “Dumbing Down Dad: How Media Present Husbands, Fathers as Useless,” It’s not hard to find. If you watch TV, then you've most likely witnessed the portrayal of the modern-day husband and father as lazy, incompetent and stupid.
Just these three characteristics are sure to bring to mind one commercial or sitcom that personifies this type of man.
How should Christians respond to this mindset toward fathers? And how should a father act by a biblical standard?
Children Walking in the Truth
Holidays like Father’s Day and Mother’s Day provide excellent opportunities to remember important principles and events, repent of personal failures, recalibrate toward the good and the right, and resolve to persevere toward righteousness. Father’s Day should remind us that God-fearing parents of all ages have been concerned that their children would walk in the truth.
In the Bible, the patriarch Abraham was chosen by God to “command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice” (Genesis 18:19). Over 2,000 years later, the Apostle John celebrated the faith of his spiritual children, saying, “I have no greater joy than to know that my children walk in truth” (3 John 4).
Raising godly children remains the burden and responsibility of all parents, especially fathers, as the Scripture says, “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4; cf. Proverbs 22:6). This commitment emulates the desire of our heavenly Father who “seeks godly offspring” from the covenantal marriage of a man and a woman (Malachi 2:15), and hopes that those children will pass along the faith to the generation after them (Deuteronomy 6:2, 5–7; 2 Timothy 2:2).
We live in a crazy, mixed-up world that is often anything but godly. Christians need to be wise to the fact that our secular culture is trying to influence us and our children to reject God and live however we please. This ungodly, sinful desire is nothing new, but we need to discern these powerful influences.