The best post-debate insight I found so far was given to us by Roger Simon in an article entitled: The Real Debate: The Good Father Verses the Abandoned Son. Here is one quote:
What we have before us in these debates is an almost archetypal confrontation – between a man who was and is an exceptionally good father and a man who was deserted by his.
Good fathering is the story of Mitt Romney’s life. He has five sons who are, by all accounts, devoted to him and vice-versa. These boys grew up with a father who, although wealthy and successful, worked like a demon, doted on them, and apparently devoted an extraordinary amount of time to charitable work, in which he also involved them. Indeed, I’ve never heard of a politician who did anything quite like it.
Almost the polar opposite, Barack Obama’s father abandoned him twice and then ended up an irresponsible drunken victim of multiple car crashes. This sad behavior precipitated a search by Obama that brought him in contact with several father surrogates, notably Frank Marshall Davis and Jeremiah Wright, that it would be hard to brand as anywhere near satisfactory. (Davis was a pornographer and about Wright the less said the better.) No Mitt Romneys there.
In many ways you can define what is wrong with our nation and culture by seeing President Obama as having what is considered the normal experience and Mitt Romney being the exceptional experience.
To repeat the stats: 40% illegitimacy rate combined with a 50% divorce rate leaves 70% of our children without a proper father figure in their lives.
Our hope: Mal 4:5-6
5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet
Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
6 And he will turn
The hearts of the fathers to the children,
And the hearts of the children to their fathers,
Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”
A person can see a two-fold fulfillment in this prophecy. One already fulfilled by John the Baptist and a second to come before the second coming, a time before the rapture, or a time at the end of the tribulation.
Let’s look for a time when God will heal us from the curse of immorality that has scarred our children and alienated them from their fathers.