Sunday, June 17, 2018

Father's Day 2018

By Douglas V. Gibbs
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Hebrews 12:7 - Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?

Deuteronomy 1:29-31
Then I said to you, "Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the desert. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place." 

It has always struck me that while fathers are so important to the stability of the family unit, and that the family unit is an important building block of our free society, in this feminized culture where the hard left feminists are running around unchecked and amok, the importance of fatherhood has been diminished, and even scoffed at.  It's gone way beyond the story about the football player that makes it to the NFL.  Dad taught the boy how to throw, catch, and tackle.  Dad spent hours each day after working a full day on his job to teach his son the fundamentals, to toughen the boy up, and to attend the games to see his progeny play in a litany of grueling games.  Then, on that professional football field in a stadium full of shouting fans, a television camera moves into position, does a close-up of the boy that became a man with his football helmet sitting next to him on the bench, and with grass stains ground into his knees.  The player looks up, the pride of father's hard work and encouragement.  The young man waves to the camera, and says, "Hi Mom."

In today's society, there is likely no father hanging around for the son to wave to.  Dad has been told he no longer matters, and he has been replaced by the welfare state.

In the black community, for example, in households with only a mom in the home, the poverty rate is 37%. If both parents are in the household, the poverty rate is about 8%. In Black households where both parents are in the house and both are working the poverty rate is 5%.

Dad's role has been diminished across-the-board, however. In all households, whenever Dad is not around, the poverty rate is higher and the likelihood that the children will get into trouble is greater.

Sure, for the most part kids today have the same hang-ups we did, and perhaps more, but instead of sucking it up and growing up, they have become snowflakes who run frightened to safe-zones, blaming their Dad for them being so screwed up.

Such has been the goal of cultural Marxism. We have been
convinced that masculinity is toxic and male aggression is a bad thing. When our boys act like boys they are giving drugs, and are considered to be outside the norm.

While society is trying to convince men to be a second mom, the reality is that Dad is supposed to be a man-maker, and a woman-maker.  He's there for the tough lessons, and the tough discipline.  He's there to show resolve and patience, hard work and self-reliance, personal responsibility and how to do the right thing.  Dad's lessons are the hard lessons of life, the ones that takes a man to reveal toughness.

While Mom is concerned about the fat lip from a fight in the schoolyard, Dad asks, "Did ya win?"  While Mom has been the one to encourage that everyone gets a participation trophy, it's Dad that yanks the engraved metal slice off the base and grabs a marker to write the word "Champion" or "Winner."  I am not putting down Mom.  She has a vital role.  She is there to mother her children.  But it is Dad's job to father them.

So, thank you to all of those fathers, dads, and men who didn't have to step into the role, but did.  Thanks for working hard, demanding the best from us, and teaching us to reach deep down to find in our gut the strength to accomplish whatever it was you were demanding we finished.  Thanks for teaching us to finish the race, shake hands with the opponent, to be proud when we won, and to hold our head up high when we lost.  Thanks for the lessons on how to trouble-shoot, on how to get up early, and work hard late.  Thanks for teaching us to stand and take our hats off during the National Anthem, kneel during prayer, and explaining to us the importance of fighting for freedom and doing so in a godly manner.  Thanks for using your God-given male aggression for serving in the military and fighting in wars, or being those men who stood up in support of our veterans even though you yourself did not make that choice to wear a uniform.  Thank you for saluting the flag, and for revering the Constitution.  Your lessons were the ones that stuck most.

Thanks Mom for the nurturing.  Thanks Dad for the toughening.

Happy Father's Day, 2018.

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