We lament the loss of young people who have left the church. We try to woo them back to the church when we need to win them to Christ. We don’t understand that we are losing our young people because we’ve lost their fathers.
Too often, fathers have abdicated their God-assigned roles in the family. We lament the loss of young people who have left the church. We try to woo them back when we need to win them to Christ. We don’t understand that we are losing our young people because we’ve lost their fathers.
The powerful role that men are called by God to play in the lives of their families has been forgotten. Instead, we have allowed public education and universities to shape our children’s minds and the Internet, social media, music, and Hollywood to captivate their hearts. It is no longer just about saving America. We need to save our families. Men, we must show up and be the spiritual leaders of our homes.
Our nation is plunging into the abyss, a day of terrible darkness is upon us and there are no superheroes just over the horizon to save the day. There is a great warfare being waged for the souls of our children and despite wave after wave of grand and eloquent promises, there is no government entitlement that can turn the tide.
What is needed to save the day are guides––fathers and mothers who will take a stand against the giants that seek to enslave our children and who will lead the way out of the darkness and into the light. We desperately need men who will withstand the hordes of philistines gnashing and snarling in their rebellion against the living God and who want to steal a generation away from us; a generation of frightened and desperate children who are wondering where their parents are, and when they will show up to save them. They are wondering when jobs and careers and social clubs and sports will become less important to their fathers than they are. Our children desperately understand they are being led down a path that goes nowhere while their fear and despair grow greater with each passing day.
Our streets are filled with violence and unrest because we have departed the ancient pathways that lead to peace and rest. God still speaks to us today through the prophet Jeremiah who tells us that there is a place where rest can be found:
Thus says the Lord: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16
There is an ancient path . . . a good way where we can find rest for our souls. Our world has sought a different path, a new way to walk. There is no rest in that way. There is unrest, violence, anger, and death in that way. For the sake of our families, for our children, for a generation that has not yet been born . . . we need guides who will seek out the old paths and the ancient markers that show us the way. We must find men who have the courage to walk against the tide flowing away from God, away from the old paths. We must find men who, though weak, will stand anyway and with great determination lead their families back to the old paths of righteousness, of holiness, of faith.
The kingdoms of this world are falling. Governments are failing and their promises turning to ash. There is no help for us there. We must find the good way, walk in it, and find rest for ourselves and for our children.