-I dedicate this post to my father, who has been married to my mother for almost 30 years. You are a good man, Dad.
-Check out this website. H/T to Dalrock for linking to it. This almost brought me to tears. This is what this modern society is missing, and I can guarantee you that these children will, overall, have vastly superior quality lives to your average fatherless kid. Times may change, but this still remains true: fathers make their environments better, safer, and richer, in a million different ways.
Too often we fail (especially in the modern American church) to acknowledge and respect fatherhood. We throw blame on men and fathers, and we lionize single mothers for their “bravery” (note that widows are a separate case entirely), all while failing to acknowledge the incessant statist/feminist movement which has as its primary aim the dethroning and disempowerment of fathers. This active promotion of half-truths is toxic and is killing us. Scumbags aside, this is not how you build a solid society. You must respect fatherhood (no one can replace Dad, ever) in order to see it return (which also means going against laws which deliberately usurp authority from fathers and give it to the government).
If you read the Old Testament, much of its narrative is built on the assumption that fatherhood is the norm, not the exception. Proverbs is a book with the common exhortation “My son,” at the beginning of its sayings.
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. And when the Lord your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you—with great and good cities that you did not build, and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant—and when you eat and are full, then take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-12, ESV)
In fact, fatherlessness is viewed as a curse in the Bible.
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.” (Malachi 4:5-6 ESV)
Yet in America in 2016 (and ESPECIALLY Black America), this curse is seen as nothing out of the ordinary (and then they wonder why our inner cities are cesspools of crime and degeneracy). This is a shame. It must stop, or death, violence, and chaos will continue. This is the root cause of much of my life outlook; tell me the status of any nation’s fathers and I will tell you that nation’s future. America’s fathers are in trouble; fighting an uphill battle against the ever-increasing power of feminist laws and practices and an ever more powerful, centralized, and tyrannical set of oligarchs (from the corporatocracy to the federal government to the gangs). Respect the men who are still fighting the good fight and being good dads. We need them. Without them, this country is finished.
The day we as a nation decide to place authority back into the hands of our fathers and take it from the hands of our ever more corrupt government will be the day this nation begins to recover. Yes, there will be evil scumbag fathers, but even an abusive dad is better in many ways than an abusive, tyrannical government.
Also, we need a site like this one that has some Black fathers in it. Pronto.