- 63 percent of teen suicides are from fatherless homes;
- 90 percent of homeless children and runaways are from fatherless homes; and
- 71 percent of all high school dropouts are from fatherless homes.
Since the latest numbers tell us that 40% of babies are now born to unwed mothers, we could have a potential societal collapse looming! But there is good news: It’s not too late to do something about this. We—the men in the Church—can make a difference. A father has life-changing power. Not simply someone who is a biological father, but someone who will step into a fatherly role to invest in a person’s life.
God chose David His servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep He brought him to be the shepherd of His people Jacob, of Israel His inheritance. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them. (Psalm 78:70-72)
God is looking for men who are His servants; men who don’t want to plan their own course, but who say, “I am Your servant; use me however You see best.”
David was given a ragtag bunch of men, which the Bible describes as “in distress, in debt or discontented” (1 Samuel 22:2). With integrity and skill David poured into their lives, so that by the end of his life this ragtag group became heroes (see 2 Samuel 23:8-39).
Throughout Scripture God calls men to step into the lives of the fatherless. These distressed, indebted, discontented children of today need a father who is:
- Around physically—Ephesians 6:2 (it’s hard to honor an absentee father)
- Awake emotionally—Ephesians 6:4a (one who won’t exasperate them)
- Aware spiritually—Ephesians 6:4b (one who will bring them up in…the Lord)
We can be a part of reversing the downward slide of our culture.