In the middle of a hard-fought presidential re-election campaign in 1972, Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday at last. It is estimated there are 70.1 million fathers in the United States.
For several weeks, we have perused advertisements with varied offerings as gifts for Dad — everything from the traditional necktie to an outdoor grill. Today, economists estimate that Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on Father’s Day gifts. But the greatest gift a child can give his father is honor.
The Bible tells us this from the beginning: “Children, obey our parents in the Lord; or this is right. Honor thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)” (Ephesians 6:1, 2). God created this relationship — and it works.
The Bible exalts the family — it is God ordained as is marriage. And the best way to keep order in our lives is to go by His plan.
There is no more comprehensive set of guidelines or a more simplified “how-to” book than the Holy Bible. The Bible is basic, and if we don’t start with it, all the other books — and there are some good ones — are simply lacking.
Society depends on the family. But the institution God set in order is constantly bombarded — in every way that could destroy the very thing that is the world’s salvation.
The model home has God as the head. Visualize a triangle — God is at the apex with the husband and wife at the other two angles. What is so wonderful is that the closer they get to God, the closer they get to each other, and the closer they get to each other, the closer they are to God. That’s the ideal.
According to the Scripture, husband and wife are equal spiritually, but different functionally. Paul calls it a great mystery — this husband-wife relationship in the institution of family — but we accept and understand the example he gives of Christ and the Church.
By virtue of the Scripture, the husband is head. But the wife is not the neck turning the head wherever she wants. Headship is authority; the wife’s role is rooted in the heart. But authority without love is autocratic; and love without leadership is just sentimentalism. It takes it all.
This premise is in Ephesians 5:25, 28: “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.”
The greatest gift a father can give his child is “to love his mother.”
Take time to be a father. Pledge yourself to be involved in the lives of your children and be a positive role model for children in your community. “Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers” (Proverbs 17:6).