Monday, February 23, 2009

Fathering Generations

I been reading through 1 and 2 Kings and have realized that the Bible has a lot to tell us about being a father. That shouldn't be surprising since God is our Father and men are to be the head of the household (sorry feminists).

Through 1 and 2 Kings there are many instances where the Lord saves Judah simply because David was faithful even though David had been dead for generations. There are also several instances where kings worshiped false idols just like their fathers did when they reigned. We also find lots of proverbs regarding how to discipline and raise children. The point is that actions of the father have a habit of filtering down to children who then send them down to their children and on and on.

I wonder what the world would look like if fathers turned to the Bible for guidance instead of the world, Dr. Phil, Oprah or a self-help book or class. Always the pessimist, I wonder what the world will look like in 50 years when my generation has grandchildren that have learned how to act from customs passed down from today.

P.S. I REALLY hope got isn't preparing me for fatherhood; at least not in the short-run!

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