Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Modern Fathers

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Modern Fathers

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WHEN our first child was born, it seemed as if I--the husband-- belonged in the role of nurturer, while my wife seemed best suited to be the provider. My wife and I accepted our roles willingly. And even now, as our children have grown a bit older (our youngest is seven) and I have adopted a profession, I still am the main care-giver during the day for the children. It seems that a greater number of families in the nineties are structured this way. But whether or not a dad stays at home with his kids, every father should be a care-giver, both strong and tender. The Bible offers wise counsel (needed in the 1990s as well as every other age) on the subject of fatherhood. Christ Jesus once said, "Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven" (Matthew 23:9). What better keynote could there be for any parent? If we take seriously the fact that God is the universal creator, then we realize He is the Father of all. And man is in truth His spiritual offspring, or image. The Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, says in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, "Father-Mother is the name for Diety, which indicates His tender relationship to His spiritual creation" (p. 332). At another point in this book, she writes, "Both sexes should be loving, pure, tender, and strong" (p. 57). Each one of God's children is created to express these spiritual qualities. Basically, being a good dad is a result of being a good man. Children need a role model of true manhood, which includes goodness, love, and purity, rather than the false images of manhood as aloof, preoccupied by sex, or even violent--flashing before kids in movies and advertisements and news stories. Could there be any better model of manhood than Christ Jesus? …
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