The Profound Impact of Fathers
“The supreme test of any civilization is whether or not it can
teach men to be good fathers”
—-Margaret Meade, cultural anthropologist
“Every social ill that we are dealing with is directly or indirectly related to
—-Otto Kelly, executive director of Crisis Pregnancy Center, Reno Nevada
Do the above quotes reflect the truth? Consider the statistics below…..
1 out of every 3 children grow up without the presence of their biological father
Fatherless children are 10 x more likely to abuse chemical substances
Fatherless children are 4 x more likely to be living in poverty
Fatherless young women are 164% more likely to have premarital sex
Fatherless young women are 53% more likely to marry as teenagers
Fatherless young women who marry are 92% more likely to get divorced
Fatherless young women are 4 x more likely to have a child while in their teens
Young women who have conceived a child are more than 2 x more likely to lose the child if their father is not supportive
Fatherless children are 2 x more likely to drop out of school
Fatherless children are 2 x more likely to commit suicide
85% of young men in prison are from fatherless homes
75% of rapists are found to be acting out anger due to a sense of abandonment by their fathers
We tend to pattern our perception of God after the perception we have of our earthly father. Is it any wonder, therefore, that fatherlessness has led to Godlessness?
What this all means is that fathers simply by being present, even when minimally active in the lives of their children make a huge difference.
Stay in the fight for your children, dads. Your commitment to being a father will have an impact on the lives of your children, and indeed, the world, that will last into eternity.