“The only way to break the cycle of unwed motherhood, fatherless children, poverty, crime, and welfare is to recognize that welfare causes more problems than it cures.”
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
James 4:7 NRSV
Satan attacks the father
The antagonism against fatherhood did not just come out of nowhere. Before mankind, there was an archangel named Lucifer who rebelled against God, our Father in heaven.
12 How you are fallen from heaven,
O Day Star, son of Dawn!
How you are cut down to the ground,
you who laid the nations low!
13 You said in your heart,
“I will ascend to heaven;
I will raise my throne
above the stars of God;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
on the heights of Zaphon;
14 I will ascend to the tops of the clouds,
I will make myself like the Most High.” (Isaiah 42:12-14)
Lucifer became Satan, and as Satan, he influenced Adam and Eve to rebel against the Father while they were living a perfect life in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:5). This same spirit of rebellion against authority — even the authority of our heavenly Father — has been inherited by all mankind, and the result is sin (Rom. 3:23).
It is because of this fall in the Garden of Eden that human nature inherently resists authority — whether it is the father of a family or the Father-figure God (Rom. 8:7).
It is because of this fall in the Garden of Eden that human nature inherently resists authority — whether it is the father of a family or the Father-figure God (Rom. 8:7). More than the mother-child bond, the father-child bond is charged with distance, tension, and even hostility, which is somehow rooted in the paternal authority, the father’s power. The father’s rule seem to be more conflictual than the mother’s rule because it is more rule-oriented, more emotionally-distant, and more aggressive. All of this tension comes from the fact that the child both craves and resents authority, as does culture.
God mandates the father to be the head of the home (Eph. 5:23), but his role of leadership must be exercised in love and kindness. Fatherhood is never a valid reason for abusive behavior. Violence against wives and children are crimes, and the perpetrator must be brought to justice. Paternal authority is not about violence. It is about protection, guidance, provision, and a whole lot of significant leadership roles.
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