Our Responsibility to the Fatherless!

There are so many fatherless children in our society. This comes from a lot of different situations, some fathers are deceased, some are in prison, some are on drugs, some just don't understand their responsibilities to their children. This is not a new problem, and the Bible clearly speaks of it in the Old and New testaments.

The Bible also speaks of the Christians responsibility to the fatherless, in this “me, me, me generation” like we are in now. It almost sounds crazy for us to think about taking on someone else's responsibility. Research shows a child that grows up in a home, where there is no father, is four times more likely to live in poverty, more likely to suffer emotional and behavioral problems, more likely to go to prison, more likely to commit a crime, more likely to face abuse and neglect, more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol and two times more likely to drop out of high school.

Psalms 68:5 says that God is a Father of the fatherless.

James 1:27 “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the father is this: to visit orphans and widow in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”

God always moved toward people who were broken. He moved toward people who were in bad situations. He understood the purity of a child. God understands that some children are in circumstances that are sad and dismal, helpless, and often they feel hopeless. That is why he has instructed his people to be advocates for them.

How many times does our Heavenly Father intervene on our behalf when our adversary the devil is near unto us? When we are helpless and hopeless, God intervenes. God has clearly given us instructions of what he expects us to be, for those that don't have a voice, to be a help to those who are helpless, to defend those who can't defend themselves. Of all our Christian responsibilities, this might just be the greatest.


Robby Cable

Providence Church of Christ