I have been reading through the news today about the “Supreme” Court’s ruling on gay marriage. All of this seems to me to be an attack on fathers. Satan is out to destroy the right of every child to be raised in a home where a man truly reveals the image of God. The kingdom comes when the hearts of the fathers are turned toward their children. (Malachi 4:6) The abortion debate and the gay rights agenda are all about striking at the core of fatherhood: the responsibility of men to love their wives as Christ loved the church and to rear their children in the fear of the Lord. Both homosexuality and abortion are a result of father-failure. The lust of men drives both.
The real target of Satan’s rage is the fatherhood of God. If Satan can successfully distort the revelation of God to the world through the natural and primary revelation of earthly fathers, then he has perverted from childhood what it means to be loved and to love as a father. I really think this is what this is all about.
Hollywood attacks fathers. MTV and BET celebrate misogynist boys that grow taller but never grow up. Even Adventures In Odyssey often seems to find a way to make dad look silly and mom look practical and wise. And I do not mean to say that Focus On the Family is a tool of the devil. But I do mean to say that demeaning fathers has become a way of life for Western society. And I think that the culture-wide assault on fatherhood is really just masked hatred for God.
I heard a lesbian activist from California on the radio today say that now all children, especially those reared in gay and lesbian homes, will have equality. But they won’t, will they? Because they will not have the equality of being loved by both a father and a mother. So, though we may treat them like they are equal, and we should never treat anyone with anything less than the love of God, they start out with a significant disadvantage: they do not have the ever-present love of a father and a mother. That is not equal, no matter how much the smart people say so. What they have done is harm the children for their own selfish gratification. What they ought to do is recognize that their selfish yielding to unnatural desires and their demand that society accept and celebrate their failure as triumph is actually the worst possible thing that could happen to “The Children.”
But, again, the real root of the problem is an attack on fatherhood. Satan attacks fathers to distort the image and revelation of God. So, if this is an attack on fathers, what is the answer? Fathers. Fathers being fathers is the answer. The root of this problem is fathers that have abandoned their calling to love as Christ loved.
Our answer does not lie with politics. The ironically and hubristically named “Supreme” Court is not the answer. The answer lies with men like you and me that simply start living like men of God. Men like us who break free from the mentality of the world that children are a burden, an expensive nuisance to be prevented as much as possible, and recover the word from God that “children are the heritage of the Lord and the fruit of the womb is His reward.” (Psalm 127) Men that give themselves to love their wives as their own bodies. Men that show their sons how to love a woman and their daughters how be loved by a man. Men that rein in their lusts and demonstrate a purpose greater than their groin.
I am starting to rant, so I better stop. But the real solution to our problem does not lie with the world. The world is condemned already. But Christian men should feel inspired today by the possibilities. If we can just be men, and if our wives can birth more than 2.1 babies, then–if the Lord tarries–time is on our side. The anti-father crowd are not having many babies! Let’s rear up godly families and show the world what the true beauty of loving families looks like. But there is no sense in mourning the decline of society if we are not willing to change the decline in our own homes. Man up!