Father’s Day Revelation

I had a Father’s Day sermon in my mind. I illustrated it with some info from some different blogs about current programs, a list of the top five worst TV dads and some Wikipedia info about the shows with the worst dads. My notes are below, but my idea was pretty straight forward, I wanted to talk responsibility and importance of dads, the right way and wrong way of interacting with our children and finally connecting the coming return of Jesus to the bringing of the hearts of children and fathers together. I did a simple word search on fathers to find the exact verses talking about provoking children to wrath. It was in examining the results of that search that I saw something I have never seen before which is the third point in the notes, moving the hearts of children and fathers to the conclusion.

Here are the two verses:

Ex 20:4-6 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image — any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

Lev 26:39-40 And those of you who are left shall waste away in their iniquity in your enemies’ lands; also in their fathers’ iniquities, which are with them, they shall waste away. 40 ‘But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers, with their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, and that they also have walked contrary to Me,

The reality of the sins of the father being visited upon the children is visually apparent to all of us. The idea of it being more than just a social/behavioral issue is evident from the fact that the father’s sins can reach into 3 or 4 future generations. We see this all around us. I overuse the current stat of 40% illegitimacy combined with the remaining 60% of children experiencing divorce to show that 7 out of 10 children are lacking the full benefits of a loving father in their lives. So we will watch the devastation of  the lives of the children suffering from the sins of the absent fathers. So the hope comes with the second verse and it is a harsh answer to a harsh problem.

The current generation suffering from the sins of the fathers are described as wasting away in the verse. The answer to their dilemma is to repent of their sins and to repent of their father’s sins. I will leave it to you to understand the difficulties children have in seeing their parent’s sins for the sin it is.

Here are the sermon notes:

Father’s Day 2013

 

Underneath See Dad Run, or any of the ads blanketing the airwaves that depict women doing all of the housework and childcare while men watch football or fumble the chores, there is a kernel of truth. Not absolute truth (there is nothing that makes dads incapable of making toast), but what advertisers would call a “consumer insight.”

Studies show that, on average, women do three to four times as much housework as men, even when they both work full time. Imagine you’re an advertiser selling a new cleaning product, who are you going to target? The wife. And might it occur to you to target the wife by showing her you know how hard she works by plopping her “lazy” husband on the couch while she scrubs? And might your target woman identify with your ad and buy your product? She just might. This is what advertisers are banking on when they find a handy hook. No matter how hetero-normative or insulting it might be, if it works, they use it.

Shameless is a British comedy-drama series set in Manchester on the fictional Chatsworth council estate. Produced by Company Pictures for Channel 4, the series aired from 13 January 2004 to 28 May 2013. The comedy drama, centred on British tea boy and working class culture, has been accorded critical acclaim by various sections of the British media, including the Sun newspaper and Newsnight Review on BBC Two. The programme was created and partially written by Paul Abbott, who is also the programme’s executive producer.In 2005, the show won “Best Drama Series” at the BAFTA TV Awards and “Best TV Comedy Drama” at the British Comedy Awards.

1. Frank Gallagher in Shameless, as played by William H. Macy. A single dad of six children, Gallagher spends most of his time drunk and absent, only coming home when his disability check is supposed to arrive. He headbutted one of his sons in the face, tried to give away another when he found out his son wasn’t his, had sex with one of his son’s girlfriends and her mom, and steals money from anyone he can. The only redeeming factor for this television dad is that his genes managed to produce a crop of smart, independent, motivated kids. The show itself is fantastic

Dexter 2006 – 2013

Dexter Morgan in Dexter, as played by Michael C. Hall. Who wouldn’t want a dad who is a sociopathic serial killer? Dexter knows that he’s supposed to love his son, and he might actually feel something towards him, but his paternal instincts are completely washed out by his call to murder. Since he only picks victims that he thinks deserve it, you might consider him an anti-hero, but this television dad is not one you want to run to with problems of bullies or a girl who was mean to you, lest he cut them into little pieces and dump them in the Atlantic Ocean.

Arrested Development is an American television sitcom created by Mitchell Hurwitz which originally aired on Fox for three seasons from November 2, 2003 to February 10, 2006. A fourth season of 15 episodes was released on Netflix on May 26, 2013.[1] The show follows the fictitious Bluth family, a formerly wealthy and habitually dysfunctional family, and is presented in a continuous format, incorporating handheld camera work, narration, archival photos, and historical footage. Ron Howard serves as an executive producer and the series’ uncredited narrator. Set in Newport Beach, California, Arrested Development is filmed primarily in Culver City and Marina del Rey.

Since its debut in 2003, the series has received widespread critical acclaim, including six Emmy Awards and one Golden Globe, and has attracted a cult following, including several fan-based websites.

George Oscar Bluth, Sr., in Arrested Development, as played by Jeffrey Tambor. This dad goes to jail for creative accounting practices, was guilty of “light treason”, created the “Cornballer” which caused injuries worldwide, and throughout it all, he continuously belittled and berated every single one of his children. He wouldn’t trust Michael Bluth to run the Bluth Company and undermined every move. He pretended that Buster didn’t even exist, insulted Gob’s intelligence and ability to function as an adult, and dismissed Lindsay as a flake. As far as television shows go, Arrested Development is one of the funniest out there, but as far as dads go, George sucks

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is an American sitcom that premiered on FX on August 4, 2005. New episodes continue to air on FX, with reruns playing on Comedy Central, general broadcast syndication, and WGN America—the first cable-to-cable syndication deal for a sitcom.[1] The show was created, developed, and produced by Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, and Charlie Day, all of whom star in the show. The series follows the exploits of “The Gang”, a group of self-centered friends who run Paddy’s Pub, a relatively unsuccessful Irish bar in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On March 28, 2013, FX renewed the show for a ninth and tenth season

The series follows “The Gang,” a group of five depraved underachievers: twins Dennis Reynolds and Deandra “Sweet Dee” Reynolds; their friends Charlie Kelly, Ronald “Mac” McDonald. From season 2 onwards they are joined by Frank Reynolds, the man who raised Dennis and Dee. The gang run the dilapidated Paddy’s Pub, an Irish bar in South Philadelphia. Each member of the gang shows varying degrees of dishonesty, egotism, selfishness, greed, manipulation, pettiness, ignorance, laziness and unethical behavior, and they are often engaged in controversial issues. Episodes usually find them hatching elaborate schemes, conspiring against one another and others for personal gain, vengeance, or simply for the entertainment of watching one another’s downfall. They habitually inflict mental, emotional and often physical pain. They regularly use blackmail to manipulate one another and others outside of the group.

Frank Reynolds in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, as played by Danny DeVito. Jesus Christ, where to begin! Frank may well be the absolute worst dad in television history. Beyond the usual litany of insults and belittling that goes on between Frank and his children Dennis and Dee, Frank has also fed Dee a tapeworm and made her think she ate human flesh and pimped out Dennis for sexual favors. In one of my favorite episodes and a perfect example of his terrible fathering skills, Frank cuts his kids off financially and when he later comes across them in an alley where they have become crack addicts, mocks them mercilessly. Nobody would want Frank to be their dad, but you might want him on your side in a fight. Maybe.

Mad Men is an American television period drama series created and produced by Matthew Weiner. The series premiered on July 19, 2007, on the American cable network AMC and is produced by Lionsgate Television. The series was renewed for a sixth season,[1] which premiered on April 7, 2013.[2]

Mad Men has received critical acclaim, particularly for its historical authenticity, visual style, costume design, acting, writing, and directing, and has won many awards, including fifteen Emmys and four Golden Globes. It is the first and only basic cable series to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, winning it in each of its first four seasons in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.[3] In 2013, TV Guide ranked it No. 6 in its list of The 60 Greatest Dramas of All Time,[4] and it was named No. 7 in a list of the 101 Best-Written TV Series of All Time by the Writers Guild of America.[5]

Don Draper in Mad Men, as played by Jon Hamm. This is a man who will end up with a stripper daughter who cuts herself and sleeps with older businessmen and a son who goes into the Vietnam War and kills babies because it makes him feel something. Don Draper isn’t a bad television dad because he insults or belittles his children. He’s a terrible dad because his kids are almost non-existent to him unless it’s convenient in his selfish world-view. It’s likely that he may be an even bigger sociopath than Dexter Morgan.

The phrase we can attach to all of these programs is “critically acclaimed”. Which mens…the shakers and movers of our culture want you to be and think you will be influenced by these shows. Think it over.

Text: Rom 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

I. You are the man!

Ps 78:5 For He established a testimony in Jacob, And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers, That they should make them known to their children;

Heb 12:9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?

II. There is a right way to do things. Wisdom is needed.

Eph 6:4 And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

Col 3:21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

NT:3809 paideia (pahee-di’-ah); from NT:3811; tutorage, i.e. education or training; by implication, disciplinary correction:KJV – chastening, chastisement, instruction, nurture.

NT:3559 > nouthesia (noo-thes-ee’-ah); from NT:3563 and a derivative of NT:5087; calling attention to, i.e. (by implication) mild rebuke or warning:KJV – admonition.

NT:2042 erethizo (er-eth-id’-zo); from a presumed prolonged form of NT:2054; to stimulate (especially to anger):KJV – provoke.

NT:2054  eris (er’-is); of uncertain affinity; a quarrel, i.e. (by implication) wrangling:KJV – contention, debate, strife, variance.

NT:120 athumeo (ath-oo-meh’-o); from a compound of NT:1 (as a negative particle) and NT:2372; to be spiritless, i.e. disheartened:KJV – be dismayed.

NT:2372 thumos (thoo-mos’); from NT:2380; passion (as if breathing hard):KJV – fierceness, indignation, wrath. Compare NT:5590.

III. What can we do?

Ex 20:4-6 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image — any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

Lev 26:39-40 And those of you who are left shall waste away in their iniquity in your enemies’ lands; also in their fathers’ iniquities, which are with them, they shall waste away. 40 ‘But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers, with their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, and that they also have walked contrary to Me,

Conclusion

Mal 4:5-6 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.”

 

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