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Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
After speaking at a Promise Keepers event in Houston, I was met by a television crew offstage. The interviewer baited me by mentioning a group of women picketing the event and what they perceived as men being encouraged to take advantage of women.
In reality, the demonstration was pretty minor—a couple dozen women outside the Astrodome while 40,000 men stood inside worshiping the Lord. Still, I looked the camera in its little glass eye and said, “You know, it baffles me how any woman could criticize an organization that’s calling men to be responsible fathers and husbands.”
I added, as an example, “Up front, just to the left of where I was speaking a moment ago, there were more than 30 prisoners dressed in white. They had been given a day’s pass so that they could come to the entire session today. If you went up to interview them right now, you would find that most of these incarcerated men never had a daddy in their lives.”
Now I was on a roll. “They didn’t have a man in their homes to shape their character, to love them, to cry with them, to be there for them. In fact, many of them have never even seen or met their father. And that’s the primary reason why they ended up doing the things that led them into trouble and ultimately into jail.”
As I said then—and still believe today—I can’t see why calling men back to their primary responsibilities of serving and loving their wives and children would strike anyone as a bad thing. Truth is, we need all the encouragement we can get to be the men our wives and children need us to be.
Husbands, talk to your wife about the challenges facing you as a husband and father. Discuss one simple step you could take in your marriage or family to lead spiritually.
Wives, pray for your husband that God will give him faith, strength and courage to lead your family spiritually and be the man God has called him to be.