I wonder how many of the young men who are responsible for the high percentage of inner city crime have fathers? I wonder how many of these young men have consistently attended a local church with their fathers starting in early childhood up through high school? I’m not saying that a young man that has a father who takes him to church will never commit a crime. I just wonder what the statistics are?
I know there are numerous statistics that document and verify the negative effect that fatherless homes have on young men. But what about the effect of no “Godly” father influence in the home? God has given us some strong single mothers and Godly women that are doing an excellent job of raising young men by themselves. However, most psychologists agree that the most influential parent is the same sex parent. I’ve got to believe that a Godly father consistently in the home can help overcome some of the negative effects of being raised in a poor socio-economic environment.
I’ve never lived in the inner city, but as a coach, have recruited players from the inner city and low-income areas. It seems like they all have local churches that are within a close proximity of most of the homes. What would the result be if on Sunday morning there was a steady flow of fathers walking or driving their sons to church What would the result be if the father was home every night to be a walking and talking Godly influence for their son?
In the secular worldview, I’m sure most experts would say this would not make a difference. Their answer is more money in education, jobs, and infrastructure. These are all important but what is the most important?
Confucius said, “The strength of a nation depends on the integrity of the family”. I believe a Godly man heading the household is the number one ingredient to solve the problems of troubled young men. I’m an old school Bible believer. For me, the answer is for men to step up and live by Deuteronomy 6:6-7, “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up”. (NASB
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