When There Is No More Father’s Day!
As strange as that may sound, that day may be closer than you think! If we listen to transgender activists, politicians, and some educators, “gendered” words are outdated, antiquated and oppressive vestiges of a bygone era, despite being the norm for all of human history up to this point! The push to replace sex-specific words in our vocabulary is just the latest iteration of the radical sexual ideologies that stretch back to the same-sex marriage battle – and even before in the Sexual Revolution.
Recently, moms were the victims of this push to change language. Over Mother’s Day weekend, mothers were appalled to hear that they were being referred to as “birthing people” in an extreme effort to separate language from biological sex. I guess that would make fathers “non-birthing people”?
Whatever labels the Left tries to use to replace the word “father,” nothing can replace how important that word – and the person of a father – really is.
Jesus used the word far more often than I realized. Check it out for yourself with a concordance and you will be surprised. He used it both in the context of his relationship with his Father and of ours as well.
“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (NIV)
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21 (NIV)
Even outside of Scripture, the word “father” is rich with meaning. The Online Etymology Dictionary traces its origins to the Old English fæder, “he who begets a child, the nearest male ancestor;” also “the Supreme Being,” and by late Old English, “one who exercises parental care over another.”
God the Father “exercises parental care” for us perfectly, better than any earthly father. In fact, according to Acts 17:28, “… in him we live and move and have our being…’We are His offspring.’” (NIV). He not only cares for us now, but is the very reason for our existence!
Sadly, the last few generations of public school students have not been taught that God is their Creator, let alone their heavenly father. Instead, they’ve been taught the theory of evolution – specifically, without God in the picture at all. We are, according to popular theory, just random accidents – not the creations of a loving God. Yet Biblically speaking, we know that we were created in the ‘image of God’ with both purpose and relationship in mind.
The feminist and transgender movements may have sought to disassociate the word ‘father’ from anything good. But this Sunday, millions of children in families across America will show appreciation for fathers and celebrate their dads with cards and gifts that will strengthen their family bonds. To be sure, our earthly fathers are not perfect, and all have made mistakes, whether big or small. But love and forgiveness are keys to making families work the way God intended. I’ve seen that in my own life: my earthly father was an alcoholic for many years, but my Heavenly Father redeemed that situation and turned it into a blessing.
Please help us to continue having a strong influence on legislation affecting faith and family. Our mission is to help families in Rhode Island to thrive. With our Heavenly Father’s help and your prayerful support, we are making a difference.
Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island
P.S. This Father’s Day, I encourage you to visit All-Pro Dads. It is a great resource for Dads. Former Super Bowl Coach Tony Dungy is their spokesman.