Saturday, August 10, 2013

Fatherless Generation

Most weeks I am overwhelmed by the brokenness surrounding us from this fatherless generation.  Here are some Facebook status updates from young men and young teenaged girl we are privileged to walk alongside.  I have slightly edited their statuses including spelling and censoring profanity.
“I finally seen my dad today and he seen my tattoo and he was like son when did you get your tattoo done.  I told him.  I’m proud to have my dad’s last name even though he never been there but I still have a lot of love for my dad...But hope he comes chill with me this evening and watch me play basketball.”
“Dear dad...I hate you.  Why?  Cause you don’t treat me like your son.  Maybe you should just go adopt one for yourself and leave me out of your life!  Out of all the people you would be the one treating me like this.  It’s like maybe you should of worn protection if you weren’t ready to raise me.  I’m very sorry though for being your son…</3” (heartbroken)
“Seen my father I'm glad I seen him. I missed him my whole childhood life.”
Last year I read Fatherless Generation by Dr. John Sowers.  As I read the book, reflected on a generation of young men God has called us to walk alongside, and dialoged with several young men; my heart was broken.  What drives a young man to tattoo his father’s last name across his forearm even though his father was never there?  Then he longs for his father’s attention and approval hoping for a few moments that didn’t happen (His dad never stopped by to see him play basketball).  How deeply hurt is a young man when he wishes his life never existed because of the way his father treats him?  How can you talk about a Heavenly Father when the only father image for so many kids is a man who shows up occasionally when it is convenient for him?  This fatherless generation is broken and crying out for the love of the Father.  How will the Church respond?  God use us.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, your blog entry was such an incredible reminder that God wants to heal the broken hearted through us. Thanks for posting that. I continue to pray for your ministry, and your families BY NAME every day.

    -Joel Shank (Grand Rapids, MI)