A Real Father Is Not A Baby-Daddy

4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6

In the vernacular of today’s slang, the term “Baby-Daddy” denotes one who fathers a child outside of wedlock. This term has its origin in the African-American community, and became a part of the world’s lexicon in the last ten years or so. The term has become accepted in today’s society, as with other forms of sin.

Although there are some Baby-Daddies that have stepped up to the plate and have taken an active role in their child’s development, many have” left the building”, leaving the job of child-rearing to mother, forcing her to assume to role of both parents. Some Baby -Daddies have gone on to produce even more children out-of-wedlock, making worse an already confusing situation in not providing a stable homelife and instruction for the child.

From a Christian perspective, Baby-Daddies cheapen the role God had set for the father of children. A true father is the cornerstone or rock for his family; being a loving husband to his wife, and an example and teacher of things pertaining to God and godly living to his children. However, we live in a world in which the precepts of God has taken a back-seat to the whims of Satan and the world, and have become in the mind of some, an obsolete concept having little or no validity in today’s broad-minded, fast-paced society.

When God placed Adam upon this planet, he was required by the Almighty to assume the chief role. He was responsible for everything God created. Eve was created as a helper and companion for Adam, and she had a role set by the Lord, with boundaries she was not to cross. Adam was the head, Eve although not subservient or a slave to her husband, was to support him. But as we know, things got off-track.

God commanded them to be fruitful and multiply -- to produce children and rear them in the fear of the Lord -- to teach them by word and by example, which meant the parents themselves must be in the Will of God; basing their lives on His precepts. In essence, in the manner God teaches His children, we as fathers must teach our children. Jesus said his actions were based upon what he saw The Father do. That reflected upon the excellency of God’s teachings and example, and the child Jesus’ willingness to listen and observe.

As Father’s Day approaches, we as Christian fathers should continue to look within ourselves, and using the light of God’s Word, examine our motives and actions, and in finding anything contrary to His Word, eliminate it, so we can continue to be effective fathers in the home.

To the absent Baby-Daddies:

Step up to the plate and take responsibility for the life you produced. First, get your life in order with Jesus, then making things right with your child and its mother, that you may leave a more positive, eternal legacy.

To the Baby-Daddies that have an active role in their child’s life

. The same applies to you. First accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord, and in doing so, you will be adding more to the love you already have for your child. Thank you for stepping up to the plate.

I’m not excluding Baby-Mommas. That’s my next hub.

Finally, Happy Father’s Day!

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