As we mark Father’s Day on the calendar, we would do well to mark the significance of fathers.
It is easy for us to think of this day in terms of personal relationships. But fatherhood means something much more than a relationship between a man and his offspring. It has profound public consequences.
John Piper put it well in noting what God said about that day when, through the coming Messiah, He would usher in a new Kingdom to put “back in order” all that had been disordered through the sin of Adam:
“Of all the things that Malachi could have told us about the preaching of the future “Elijah,” he chooses to tell us in verse 6 that “he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse.”
Opinion polls demonstrate that many today rightly believe that our nation is on the wrong track. And we look to many things, mostly civil government and politicians, to get us back on the “right” track lest our nation find itself totally “smitten” at the end of the track we’re on.
But perhaps through Malachi, God is showing us a different, better way to prevent our nation’s destruction—one that will work where politicians fail, namely, men allowing God to turn their hearts to their children and children allowing God to turn their hearts to their fathers.
It may well be that the “reform” America most needs is a renewed and right understanding of fatherhood, its importance to the welfare of our nation, and what all is entailed in being a good father.
So, on behalf of the Family Action Council of Tennessee, I want to say to all the fathers, We honor you today and may you, from this day onward, go forward proudly wearing the title of “Father” and discharge with pride and honor your responsibilities before God in humble reliance on His help and leading.
David Fowler served in the Tennessee state Senate for 12 years before joining FACT as President in 2006. Read David’s complete bio.