Psalm 14 begins with these words: The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none who does good.
Dr Paul Vitz, Professor of Psychology at New York University and former atheist, studied the lives of famous atheists like Voltaire, Thomas Paine, Madeline Murray O’Hare, and Hugh Hefner. He found that each of them had something in common: a poor relationship with their fathers.
The disconnect between fathers and faith shouldn’t surprise Christian people. The Bible has volumes to say on the important role of the father in the household as teacher, leader, provider, lover, and godly example. God’s design is for fathers to be at the front of all aspects of home life. Fathers who are absent physically, emotionally, financially, or spiritually, create a lifetime of pain for their children and wife.
Men have an amazing opportunity to change the lives of a generation of young people. You may not have any children of your own or children living at home, but you have child relatives or neighbors to whom you can be an example. Your example may be just what’s needed to bring that child into a life of productivity and stability, and maybe even a lifelong relationship with Jesus.
Though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel (1 Corinthians 4:15).