Summary: Just as Joshua chose to have his family serve the Lord, dad's must choose how they are going to raise their family.
A Fathers Choice
Joshua 24: 14,15
Intro: The father of five children had won a toy at a raffle. He called his kids together to ask which of them should have the present. "Who is the most obedient?" he asked. "Who never talks back to mother? Who does everything she says?" Five small voices answered in unison. "Okay, dad, you get the toy."
. A little boy was asked to explain what Fathers day was and he said that it is just like mother’s day except you don’t spend as much money.
.We don’t see men with new clothes and corsages and everybody gathering together to celebrate Fathers day.
. We don’t see the church full on father’s day like we do on mother’s day.
. It’s not because fathers aren’t as important as mothers, it’s just that we are different isn’t it guys.
. You see Fathers play a different role in the family than mothers do.
. Fathers are supposed to be the leaders, the head of the family. The king of the household if you will.
. Back when my children were growing up we had a democracy in our household. There was no King. We all had a vote. Pam had one vote, Dj had one vote, Andrew had one vote and I being the dad had 4 votes. Now that’s my kind of democracy.
. The sad reality is that many, many men have abdicated the throne in their home.
. They have either given it to their wives or they have ran away and the mother must accept the role out of sheer necessity.
. Folks that’s not how God intended for the family unit to operate.
.God’s intent was for the Father to be an integral part of the family unit. Without the father, the unit breaks down.
. I don’t want to bore you with a lot of statistics this morning but I want to share some with you to help us understand the crisis that this world is in.
. 90% of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes.
. 80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes.
. 71% of pregnant teenagers lack a father.
. 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes.
. 85% of children who exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes.
. 71% of high school dropouts come from fatherless homes.
. 75% of adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes.
. 70% of juveniles in state operated institutions have no father.
. 85% of youths in prisons grew up in a fatherless home.
. Fatherless boys and girls are: twice as likely to drop out of high school; twice as likely to end up in jail; four times more likely to need help for emotional or behavioral problems.
. Are you starting to understand the importance of fathers in the family?
. Dad, you are an integral part of the family. It is hard to survive without you.
. That’s how important you are.
. We hear about wars in foreign countries and wars on drugs and political wars.
. Folks the war is for the very survival of the family unit.
. What is at stake is our children and their future.
. Dad you are the glue that God says is to hold the family together.