Benefits For Fathers

father-son-readingThe importance of intact biological families is threatened by selfish failures to keep the covenant of marriage. This biblical institution, which historically binds mothers, fathers and their children together, is harmed when adults demand personal freedoms rather than sacrifice for family stability. Further, this very first institution of human society is weakened by decades of “no-fault divorce,” where fathers are absent and mothers are left alone to raise children.

Add the substantial evidence from social science about child poverty, mental and emotional distress, educational failure, crime and other problems, and it suggests that when marriage breaks down——society breaks down too.

This month, with Father’s Day ahead, let’s be reminded of the importance of involved fathers in the lives of their children, and also of the personal growth fathers can derive from relationships with their children. Someone said “fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects men.”

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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