Just incase you didn’t know, this generation has become a fatherless generation. Do you want proof? The moment most children reach the age of 18, they leave their house for college, and they stop living under the roof of their parents. Some of them never come back. Those that do, only do so for a little bit. Once they leave, they never come back.
There are many children that are still being raised without a father. According to the National Institute of Justice, 58 percent blacks, 31 percent Hispanic, and 21 percent American white children live without a father. Altogether, about 1 out of every 3 homes grow up without a father. This is about 33 percent of the U.S. population.
Here are more statistics, also, according to National Institute of Justice:
63% of suicides come from fatherless homes
85% of children that inhabit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes.
71% of high school dropouts come from fatherless homes.
70% of juveniles in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes.
33% of juvenile delinquents come from parents divorced or separated
44% of juvenile delinquents come from parents that never married.
What is the biggest cry of this generation?
The biggest cry of this generation is not prosperity. It is not gifts. It is not a scholarship, success, fame, or fortune. It is to have a father figure next to them, guiding them all the way. It is to have a father that fears God and displeasing him. It is to have someone that is a role-model and an example to look up to. It is to have a father that has unconditional love for his children.
What is unconditional love?
Although there are families that grew up without a father, the majority of the population still has their husband or dad living with them. However, even some of those households contain a father that doesn’t fulfill his responsibilities as a husband or dad. For instance, maybe the father is an alcoholic, or he beats up his children and or wife. Some also have favoritism in children, and only love their kids when they are excelling or doing good in school, and buy better the gifts for the ones that behave best. In other cases, the parent and child relationships only consists of gifts, and the father doesn’t really participates in the activities of their sons or daughters.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
— 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
How is the unconditional love of the Father?
We just read in this Bible verse the true unconditional love of a father. True love suffers long. In other words, it is extremely patient and kind. It doesn’t act in a perverse way in front of their children. It isn’t provoked, and it doesn’t rejoice when bad things happen. It always believes in his children. It loves them and takes them in, even with their flaws. In this Father’s Day, if you are a dad, God wants you to search your heart and ensure yourself that you are walking in unconditional love for your children. If you are a child, he wants you to experience the supernatural love of the father.
When I was a young child, I was grown up and raised without a father. It taught me to mature. It taught me to seek wisdom and for direction in other ways. I didn’t have what most kids my age had. I felt guilty and I felt ashamed. People had their I-Pods first than I did. Others had their I-Phones, or the most expensive technologies before I did. I felt ashamed and embarrassed. As a kid, I struggled with finding my identity. It forced me to reach and seek after God’s heart. He was the one that satisfied me. He made me realize that materialistic things do not matter if I wasn’t filled with love. He taught me that all that matters is to be filled with unconditional love. Today and during this season, he wants to do the same with you!
I declare a blessed Father’s Day, filled with God’s presence and his love! God bless you!