During a panel discussion on poverty at Georgetown University, President Obama, and Harvard sociologist Robert Putnam chided Christian religious organizations for focusing too heavily on “divisive issues” such as abortion and gay marriage.
“You’re one of the good guys!”
This is one of the things my father wrote in a birthday card to me some years ago that I never will forget. Nothing makes you feel like a man than such validation from the man you look up to. Just as in this instance that endowed me with validation and a good amount of courage, some fathers, at times, may say things that have equally long-lasting negative effects on their children. Fathers have the power to impact the lives of their children, for good or for bad.
About a year ago I noticed that a bird had built its nest above my neighbor’s garage. It was the most uniquely situated of any I had ever seen. I commented on the nest. My neighbor responded with something like, “Oh, that stupid, stupid bird.” I wondered what she meant. She explained to me that the previous year the bird had built her nest in the same spot. The baby birds, when venturing out of the nest had plunged to their death on the pavement below. And yet this year the bird was at it again – building a nest in the same place.
Boys and girls NEED fathers just as much as they NEED mothers! If we don’t take a stand to make sure that boys and girls have fathers in their lives, then who will help them become loyal fathers and mothers themselves? If we don’t, we will be facing a serious crisis that will dramatically affect every aspect of society. They need the example of a loyal father to help them succeed. Now I ask what you are doing to help children become the loyal mothers and fathers that they need to be. What example are you giving?