Summary: All believers share the same foundational Christian ethics, at least to some degree So let us consider some piercing ethical questions of ourselves.
Questions for Us All
1. We associate many stereotypes when we think of dads.
2. A recent Craiglist ad gained internet fame after a group of friends in their twenties posted a request for a "generic" dad to barbecue burgers and hot dogs at an outdoor party. The ad listed several "dad-like" activities as desirable, including "grilling ...
3. How is it that cooking on a grill is considered something dads do, but baking in an oven is something mom does? Yet, this often holds true. Who knows why, really?
4. Why is it that we put down dads in almost every situation comedy show, yet kids with dads at home have such an advantage?
5. According to W. Bradford Wilcox of the New York Times, “Some children raised without fathers turn out fine (I did), but girls and boys are more likely to thrive with a father’s time, attention, discipline and especially affection.
Boys are more likely to steer clear of trouble with the law when they grow up with their father in the home. One Princeton study found that boys raised apart from their fathers were two to three times more likely to end up in jail before they turned 30.
Dads matter for daughters as well. Another studyfound that girls whose fathers disappeared before the girls turned 6 were about five times more likely to end up pregnant as teenagers than were their peers raised with their fathers in the home.
And we know that kids — especially boys — are more likely to excel in school, and to steer clear of the principal’s office, when they are raised in a home with a father who takes their homework and school conduct seriously.”
6. Dads are people too, and our nation and the church are crying for godly dads.
Main Idea: Although being a Christian father is different from being a Christian person, the Christian foundation and ethics are the same for us all. So let us consider our own answer to the questions I am about to ask.
I. Do I Model Integrity and HONESTY, or Freely Lie (18)?
A. Honesty is a CONTINUUM. [show photo Liar]
1. Some people lie so freely they don’t even flinch.
2. Psychologists divide extreme liars into two categories:
Compulsive liars: tell you what you want to hear, they embellish and exaggerate lies we want to believe.
Pathological liars continue to lie, even though they know that you know they are lying. They can lie without a real purpose. verydayhealth.com
According to the Huffington Post, “A new study claims to provide the first empirical evidence showing that dishonesty gradually increases over time. By using scans that measured the brain’s response to lying, researchers saw that each new lie resulted in smaller and smaller neurological reactions ? especially in the amygdala, which is the brain’s emotional core.
In effect, each new fib appeared to desensitize the brain, making it easier and easier to tell more lies.”
3. None of us model it perfectly; average American lies twice a day.
4. Then there are degrees of truth — e.g., an estimate is not exactly true.
5. Summarizing things — as the Gospel writers do — is not lying.