Don’t get me wrong. I am a huge supporter of affirming, recognizing, and loving on Moms, and not just on Mother’s Day. And we do that! But Dads kind of get a perfunctory nod on Father’s Day that doesn’t speak to their true value in the home, in the church, and in society. Dr. Tony Evans says that, “Fathers are like satellites. In war, we use satellites to show us where the enemy is located. That is one of the things fathers do in the family. Fathers protect their family from being ambushed spiritually.” Dads are protectors. Dads are defenders. It is in their DNA. It’s what they do.
I am here to say today that Dads matter. Dads have an important role in all of our lives. No one can take the place of a Dad. As an observer of the culture, I believe our homes, churches, and our communities are in the trouble they are in today because we have under-valued and under-emphasized Dads. So this Sunday, take a moment and hug your Dad. If you can’t do it in person, call him, and give him a hug over the phone. Tell him how much you appreciate and value his role in the family. Tell him the difference he’s made in your life. And most important of all, tell him you love him. Because dear people, Dads matter.
“A son honors his father.” (Malachi 1:6)
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