from my friend, Wally Long:
We have an terrible epidemic afflicting children in our country. It’s not drugs, alcohol, bullying, suicide or gang violence. This terrible epidemic is fatherlessness.
It is estimated that 24.7 million children in the US (about 33%) live in fatherless homes. Millions more love in homes where the father is physically present but emotionally detached or not involved. Still more live with abusive fathers. It is likely that over half the children in our country do not have a loving, engaged relationship with their fathers.
71% of all teen pregnancies come from fatherless homes.
85% of children with behavior disorders come from fatherless homes.
91% of homeless and runaway children come from fatherless homes.
63% of youth suicides come from fatherless homes.
85% of youth in prison come from fatherless homes.
72% of adolescent murderers grew up without fathers.
60% of America’s rapists grew up the same way.
All these stats are sourced but I know that stats are not absolute facts. They are estimates and extrapolations. Still, I think the picture is clear and sobering. Children need fathers who love them and are engaged in their lives.
On this Fathers Day let this be a call for us to “man up” and be the men and fathers our children need.
Ezekiel 22:30 (HCSB)
I searched for a man among them who would repair the wall and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land so that I might not destroy it, but I found no one.
Your children need you to stand in the gap and repairs the wall. God is searching men. He is calling you. Will you answer the call?