Right here in America, we have a problem that’s not just “out there somewhere” – in fact, right there in your church. The problem? Fatherlessness. Every Sunday, there are moms sitting in our pews, crying out for help. Help for their sons who desperately need male role models in their lives.
David Blankenhorn wrote in his book Fatherless America “The United States is becoming an increasingly fatherless society. A generation ago, an American child could reasonably expect to grow up with his or her father. Today, an American child can reasonably expect not to. Tonight, about 40% of American children will go to sleep in homes in which fathers do not live. Before they reach the age of 18, more than half of our nation’s children are likely to spend at least a significant portion of their childhoods living apart from their fathers. Never before in this country have so many children been voluntarily abandoned by their fathers. Never before have so many children grown up without knowing what it means to have a father. Fatherlessness is the most harmful demographic trend of this generation…if this trend continues; fatherlessness is likely to change the shape of our society.”
This book was written in 1995, and the problem has only worsened since then, just check out the statistics! Fatherlessness has indeed changed the shape of our society. Do you realize that one in two children now grow up without a father, and that increases in our inner cities to four in five? The number of boys being raised without fathers keeps rising at an incredible rate. Is it any wonder this is such a huge problem?
What we have right here in America is a huge Mission Field; in your city, your town, and yes, right there in your church. The church, that’s the place to start. Here’s the deal guys, we need to reach the fatherless in our churches first, to take “care of the orphans (fatherless)”(James 1:27) that are in need; they are part of our church family. It’s up to you.