God is looking for a few dads

Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 1:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 1:45 p.m.

Greetings and blessings in the name of Jesus!

In this, my first Pastor's Corner column of 2013, and with Father's Day quickly approaching, I want to use this blessed opportunity to speak to all of the fathers. I pray that my written thoughts will be a blessing to you as you celebrate Father's Day 2013.

We live in a society where many of us believe that we are in total control of our lives, and that we always know what is best for us. This belief is especially prominent among many of the men. And when those times come when we, in general, fail to find good and clear answers, we then seek out strong, male authoritative figures to provide us guidance.

The entertainment industry has, over the years, provided us with many examples of positive male role models who exude confidence and both moral and often spiritual leadership. Examples of strong male role models we have known include James Evans, the father on the TV series, "Good Times," Heathcliffe Huxtable from "The Cosby Show," and many others we remember from our youth.

These examples I just provided, although very strong and confident, were fictional TV characters, but in the real world, God, our Heavenly Father, is looking for earthly fathers to "step up to the plate" and provide strong leadership, have faith in God, and ask him for guidance in their roles as fathers.

No father is perfect, and mistakes and errors in judgment will be made, but God is not looking for perfect fathers, but fathers who are humble and sincere and realize that being a father is a true blessing.

God is not desiring fathers to be like the movie character, "The Invisible Man," who, once he removed his bandages, was totally unseen by all.

No, God is looking for "visible men" who will be a presence as the head of his home and who shows love and respect to his wife, if married, in the house of God by giving Him praise, in his child's school by showing concern and meeting with the teachers, and in the community by providing leadership whenever asked and wherever he is asked to go.

It is still true that, from a biological standpoint, any man can become the father of a child, but it still takes a humble and sincere man to be a real father in all respects.

Finally, today's men don't need any special titles or degrees or pedigrees, nor do they need fame and fortune and they don't need to have their subjects and verbs agree and use perfect grammar.

Today's men don't have to look like Denzel Washington, carry a tune like Smokey Robinson, or have six-pack abs and drive a fancy and expensive car. God wants today's men to not only be true to themselves, but true to their families, friends, other loved ones, and, of course, true to God himself.

So, to my fellow brethren, I offer these closing words: Be faithful men, be followers of God and do His will. Be righteous men and seek the Lord while He may be found. Be humble men, for the Bible says: "Whoever humbles himself shall be lifted up."

May God bless you, and have a happy and blessed Father's Day.

The Rev. Milford Lewis Griner is senior pastor of Hall Chapel United Methodist Church in Rochelle and Pleasant Plain United Methodist Church in Jonesville.

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