This past long weekend (14–16 June) South Africa put the focus on two vital groups in society that are currently unappreciated and neglected – with devastating consequences for the nation.
The first group are fathers. The flood of secular humanistic ideology in SA’s culture has not only undermined and diminished marriage and the family but also the vital role of the father.
The war against fatherhood began with the “sexual revolution” in the sixties. Women’s Liberation Movement founder, Gloria Steinem famously quipped, “Women need men like fish need bicycles.”
The rise of feminism and the “gay rights” movement coincided with the death of the natural family. Fatherhood became an endangered species. Hollywood and the liberal media did their best to ridicule and diminish the vitally important role of the father in the home with devastating results.
But fathers matter! They always do. True fatherhood reflects the heart of God our Father in heaven. Janice Crouse of the Beverly LaHaye Institute writes a compelling article on this topic.
I speak to TV personalities Michael Mol and Zane Meas about the important but tragically neglected role of the father in the family on “Watchmen on the Wall” on TBN Africa ( Tues 17 June at 8 pm)
Youth facing formidable challenge
The other group we focussed on this past week were the youth of South Africa. Millions of young people are currently facing formidable challenges as a result of widespread family breakdown.
The South African social landscape is littered with the debris of broken and dysfunctional families. Fatherless homes have caused millions of youth to live disconnected and aimless lives.
50 years of unrelenting attacks against the institutions of marriage and the family – especially the vital and irreplaceable roles of fatherhood and motherhood has wreaked havoc on society.
Children are the most tragic victims of family breakdown. When children are denied the benefits of a strong, loving and stable family structure they tend to struggle emotionally and relationally.
Thankfully, there are blueprints for fatherhood, motherhood, marriage and family. The principles for these vital roles and institutions are easily found in the Bible. That means – if the Christian Church got serious about restoring God’s blueprint for the family – we can reverse this devastating trend.
Despite the noble efforts of government, the Church and civil society – we cannot heal and transform society without starting where God started – marriage and the natural family!
As you read this newsletter, Arlene and I will be travelling to Washington DC to participate in the “Global Forum on Marriage.” Leaders from more than 80 nations are meeting to discuss marriage.
The globally orchestrated assault on marriage deserves a global response from leaders who believe that marriage between one-man and one-woman is still the cornerstone institution of society.
The God-given and God-defined role of fatherhood must be restored before the family can be restored. The family must be restored before the youth of our nation can find their rightful place.
Please pray for Arlene and I, including the ministry of Family Policy Institute. God has given us a critical assignment – to defend the natural family. We dare not fail – for our children’s sake!