I used to give a lot of political speeches. The common thread through all of them wasn’t economics, education, health, welfare or justice.
It was FATHERLESSNESS.
Back then, the statistics were saying in five-years time, three-quarter Maori infants under the age of 12-months would be fatherless. A bleak picture for those children and their communities.
Not to say all fatherless children are destined to struggle or fall short of their potential. Many don’t. But more do. There’s a power of research that shows the absence of fatherly love, provision, discipline and care is a major factor in negative social trends.
Fatherlessness is in your face. And it is still the big issue because the cornerstone of society is NOT government. It is the home.
But this is not a political rant.
It’s often said that the church is the spiritual barometer of society. That being the case, what do the upward trends in fatherlessness say about the health of the local church? More to the point…
Could the fatherless-factor in society broadly reflect the true spiritual condition of the church?
Said the apostle Paul…
For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel ~ 1 Corinthians 4:15
Clearly, Paul’s paternal instinct was to move saints into sonship, hence the headline question.
Are you fathered in the faith?
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