God’s Design

God is all powerful, all knowing and ever present. God’s designs are flawlessly perfect and will accomplish completely what God desires. The first institution created by God and given to man was the home. The record of the home’s creation is found in Genesis 1 & 2 and God’s design of the home is perfect. Imperfection is found in the home, thus relegating the home to failure, when man fails to follow God’s design. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain (Psalm 127:1).

    One portion of God’s design for the home is the fact the man is to be the head of the home (Ephesians 5:23). The husband and father is not the head of the home to be a dictator but a loving leader (as Christ loved the church). This part of God’s design for the home has often been overlooked and or rejected. Any entity, any institution without proper leadership is doomed for failure. The home will not and cannot accomplish God’s desires when God’s design is thwarted.

Results of when the man fails to be the godly leader in the home:

  • 63% of youth suicides are of children from fatherless homes (5 times the average)
  • 71% of all high school dropouts are from fatherless homes (9 times the average)
  • 75% of all adolescents in chemical abuse centers are from fatherless homes (10 times the average)
  • 85% of all children who show behavior disorders are from fatherless homes (20 time the average)
  • 85% of all youths in prison are from fatherless homes (20 time the average)
  • Daughters of fatherless homes:
    • 711% more likely to have children as a teenager
    • 164% more likely to have children out of wedlock
    • 92% more likely to get divorced

 

24 million children in America, representing 1 out of every 3, live in homes without their biological fathers. Studies show homes where children live with father and mother, for the first ten years of their lives, lead to better socio-emotional and academic functioning.

In the church when both parents attend Sunday School: 72% of the children will attend when grown; when the father attends without the mother, 55% of the children will attend when grown; when the mother attends without the father, 15% of the children will attend when grown. When the father is the first family member to obey the gospel, it is a 93% probability that all members will obey; when the mother is the first to obey, it is a 17% probability that all members of the family will obey.

Is man’s role, as designed by God, vital in our families?