WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT FATHER’S DAY – BEING A CHRISTIAN FATHER

June 13, 2011

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
Ephesians 6:1-4 KJV


  Father’s Day is a celebration of fathers inaugurated in the early twentieth century to complement Mother’s Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting. Father’s Day is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide and typically involves gift-giving, special dinners to fathers, and family oriented activities. The first observance of Father’s Day actually took place in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5, 1908. It was organized by Mrs. Grace Golden Clayton, who wanted to celebrate the lives of the 210 fathers who had been lost in the Monongah Mining disaster several months earlier in Monongah, West Virginia, on December 6, 1907. It’s possible that Clayton was influenced by the first celebration of Mother’s Day that same year, just a few miles away. Clayton chose the Sunday nearest to the birthday of her recently deceased father. Unfortunately, the day was overshadowed by other events in the city, West Virginia did not officially register the holiday, and it was not celebrated again. All the credit for Father’s Day went to Sonora Dodd from Spokane, who invented independently her own celebration of Father’s Day just two years later, also influenced by Jarvis’ Mother’s Day. Clayton’s celebration was forgotten until 1972, when one of the attendants to the celebration saw Nixon’s proclamation of Father’s Day, and worked to recover its legacy. The celebration is now held every year in the Central United Methodist Church,  the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was torn down in 1922. Fairmont is now promoted as the “Home of the First Father’s Day Service”. A bill to accord national recognition of the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father’s Day celebration and wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized. US President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day be observed by the nation, but stopped short of issuing a national proclamation. Two earlier attempts to formally recognize the holiday had been defeated by Congress. In 1957, Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a proposal accusing Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honoring mothers, thus “singling out just one of our two parents”In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972. There are 80 million fathers in America today. Of these, about 1.5 are single fathers. The average number of gifts per dad on Fathers Day is 2.5, with a combined value of $70. Very few dads get more than 10 gifts on Fathers day. Sportswear for men was “invented” in the 1940s. Together with the growing national popularity of Fathers’ Day, it gave mothers “social permission” to dress dad “the way she wanted him to look in her fantasies.” On Fathers Day, 80 million pounds of beef are consumed on picnics and barbecues, and 100 million cards are mailed. Father’s Day is a reflective time when we stop to evaluate and celebrate the role of a father. It is a time to thank our dads and remind them we love them. Whether you are a father seeking instruction from the Bible or a child discovering what the Bible has to say about your role in the relationship with your father the following Bible verses will give you inspiration and guidance Father’s Day and forever. Honor for your Father is an important theme throughout the Bible. The entire Old Testament is based on a patriarchal system. Some father’s are easy to love. Some dad’s seem to be a terrific ideal and it is not difficult to honor them on Father’s Day and throughout their lives. Some father’s are more difficult to love. They may not have been dependable. They may have left when you were young. Perhaps they were in the home, but not there at the same time. Regardless of what your relationship is like with your Father, what he has done, or what he has not done there is an overlying principle in Scripture that our Father is to be honored. Ephesians 6:1-3 KJV   is one of the two verses we turn to by default when speaking of our relationship with our father. Paul’s quote in Ephesians comes directly from the Ten Commandments. In the Bible, “Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” Exodus 20:12 KJV  Honoring your father means to love and respect him. It is not only the right thing to do,  this commandment holds with it the promise that you will live a long life. That alone is a promise I like to stand on and helps overcome the days when honoring my father may be more difficult.  The Bible also says, “Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.” Deuteronomy 6:1-2 KJV  Then you can follow-up with this verse, “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” Deuteronomy 6:4 KJV  With this being the greatest commandment in Scripture, you can say the positive part of Ephesians 6:4 is expressed in a comprehensive direction to educate them, bring them up, develop their conduct in all of life by the instruction and admonition of the Lord. This is the process of educating and discipline. The word “admonition” carries the idea of reminding the child of faults constructively and duties responsibilities. The Christian father is really an instrument in God’s hand. The whole process of instruction and discipline must be that which God commands and which He administers, so that His authority should be brought into constant and immediate contact with the mind, heart, and conscience of children. The human father should never present himself as the ultimate authority to determine truth and duty. It is only by making God the teacher and ruler on whose authority everything is done that the goals of education can best be attained. In this verse, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 KJV  Thіѕ іѕ the training of the child or the process οf educating аnd discipline. Also in this scripture, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV  A father’s first responsibility is to acquaint his children with Scripture. The means and methods that fathers may use to teach God’s truth will vary. As the father is faithful in role modeling, what children learn about God will put them in good standing throughout their earthly lives, no matter what they do or where they go. One of the great joys of the ministry is to see men set a Godly example of Love, Loyalty and Leadership and watch their children follow their walk in integrity. One of the great heartaches of the ministry is to watch men make the fatal mistake of not applying these things and face the ruin that follows. I would like to encourage fathers at this point to consider the joy that will come later after you have applied the Love, Loyalty and Leadership to your family. I am sure the fruit of this will be children that respect authority and love their parents. Children that feel secure at home and will actually dread the day they have to leave. Children that will be ready to have a family of their own after the example given to them through life.  Children that can look back on life and say, “I have been blessed, and I want to be a blessing.” Men, more than women, often find it difficult to express deep emotions. This Father’s Day, many men will receive expressions of love, but they may have trouble voicing their love in return. Yet nothing is more masculine than to express love to our loved ones. That’s true not only for fathers but for all of us. We can give no gift more precious to those who are wrapped up with us in the bundle of life. The apostle John wrote, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18 KJV  So let us boldly declare our love, not only for our loved ones but for the One who gave His life for us. So why not open your heart up to Jesus Christ, because He is the One that died on the cross and shed His blood to pay the penalty for your sins so you could have that free gift of eternal life. Amen

By: Jeff Ellinger

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THE TEN COMMANDMENTS AND THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS

March 10, 2011

“And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.”

Exodus 34:28 KJV

The Ten Commandments
King James Version (KJV

Exodus 20:1-17

1.) And God spake all these words, saying,
2.) I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3.) Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4.) Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
5.) Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6.) And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
7.) Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
8.) Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9.) Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10.) But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11.) For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
12.) Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
13.) Thou shalt not kill.
14.) Thou shalt not commit adultery.
15.) Thou shalt not steal.
16.) Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
17.) Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

The above is the ten commandments as presented in the King James version of the bible. Below is the ten commandments in the simplified and numbered form they are usually presented.

 

The Ten Commandments

1.) Thou shalt have no other gods before me
2.) Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image
3.) Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain
4.) Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy
5.) Honour thy father and thy mother
6.) Thou shalt not kill
7.) Thou shalt not commit adultery
8.) Thou shalt not steal
9.) Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
10.) Thou shalt not covet

 

What is the greatest commandment?

“And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”

Deuteronomy 6:5 KJV

 

Seven Deadly Sins in the Bible

“These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”

Proverbs 6:16-19 KJV

There are serious consequences to these seven deadly sins:

Pride is considered the reservoir of all sin and there are two requirements, one is spiritual blindness and two is that each challenge to our pride will drive us to improve our illusion of productivity, sanctity and/or compassion. Spiritual blindness will blind us from actually catching any glimpse of God because that glimpse will reveal our frailty and sinfulness. We may be running away from ourselves as well as God and this is dangerous for our spiritual soul. Upon hearing a sermon about pride we are tempted to think of all the people we know who may need to hear this sermon but in reality it is us, we all need to read it. Pride is about us, and we retain our illusions by pointing to others.

Greed is a fear of failure or need. Some forms of greed:

  1. an obsessive desire for ever more material goods and the attendant power.
  2. a fearful need to store up surplus goods for a vaguely defined time of want.
  3. a desire for more earthly goods for their own sake.

Envy is the love of other people’s possessions rather than what is good, beautiful and true and is often portrayed as eating away the heart of the envious person.

Wrath/Anger is the emotion of the falsely righteous. Some say we can’t control our emotions, but we choose our emotions. If anger is in our heart already, events will bring it out. Once the anger wells up and starts to spill out, we have a decision to let it out or refuse to participate.

Lust dulls the spiritual senses but there is one good thing about the sin of Lust: it cannot persist into eternity. Sins of the flesh tend to burn themselves out over time. After a while lust becomes a habit and what pleasure it brought diminishes until we wonder what the attraction is. Lust is not limited to sexuality and may also be wanting the best food and wine; best looking car etc. In marriage, enjoyment is not the problem. Lust enters into marriage when sex is not a mutual expression of love, but rather the use of one person by another. This, of course, breeds resentment and eventual alienation, even if the couple do not separate.

Gluttony asks the question, “How Much Pleasure Is Enough”? Some forms of gluttony are:

  1. Wanting more pleasure from something than it was made for.
  2. Wanting it exactly our way also known as delicacy.
  3. Demanding too much from people.

There is a certain amount of discomfort to be expected in life, but the Glutton will have none of it. Instead of becoming strong by suffering the minor inconveniences of life, the Glutton insists on being pampered.

Sloth is a kind of spiritual laziness. It means not making it a priority to do what we should, or change what we should in ourselves. Some people might call it apathy, which is a lack of feeling. Christians sometimes don’t really want to know what the Bible teaches about something, so we put off reading or asking about it. Sloth is quite possibly the main reason why people don’t read good spiritual books. They will read Christian fiction or some odd Gnostic gospel instead that “tickles their ears,” but never the ones that could call them to action: loving their neighbor, helping the poor, telling the truth.

 

 

 


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