Sermon: The Call For Spiritual Leaders

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I. DECLINE OF FATHER-LEADERS

 

Mother’s day was made an official holiday in the United States in 1914. Do you know when Father’s Day became an official U.S. holiday? Not until 1972.

 

Mother’s Day is the busiest holiday of the year for phone calls. Father’s Day is the busiest day of the year for collect phone calls. 

 

There has always been an underlying attitude that mothers are more important than fathers. And it’s only gotten worse in recent years.

 

Feminist Margaret Mead declared, “Fathers are biological necessities, but social accidents.” Fathers are not viewed as necessities, but only accessories. It’s nice to have the extra income, but really, why bother with having a smelly old man around?

 

Truly, I wonder if men haven’t brought a lot of this on ourselves. We’ve stepped back out of the roles of being a father and a leader in the home. Many men have done this physically:

 

A divorce most often leaves the children with the mom (because, of course, she is most able to care for them, the judge will say). And divorces continue to increase.

 

Many men don’t even bother to be around in the first place: babies are born out of wedlock and the woman raises the child herself.

 

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