And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deut. 6:6-9)
Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. The tradition was said to be started from a memorial service held for a large group of men who died in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in 1907. It was first proposed by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington in 1909. Father’s Day from the beginning had ties to church in honoring fathers that had passed and in time came to honor all fathers, father figures, and the influence of fathers on society.
There is also research showing the influence of fathers in matters of faith. According to data collected by Promise Keepers and Baptist Press, if a father goes to church regularly, regardless of what the mother does, between two-thirds and three-quarters of their children will attend church as adults. If a father attends church irregularly, between half and two-thirds of their kids will attend church with some regularity as adults.
In this day and time, we should look at the faith of the fathers and father figures as deeply influential to the faith life of our children. We honor our Heavenly Father by sharing and living our faith as earthly fathers and father figures. Let’s bless and grow the next generation and let’s pray for our fathers and father figures.