Men have an identity issue.
Hollywood often depicts men as self-centered couch potatoes who are always looking to party, act like adolescents and play video games, while shirking all of men’s responsibilities along the way.
One example of this lack of respect for fatherhood may be best illustrated by a recent survey of holiday church attendance. At the bottom of the list with Independence Day was Father’s Day. As a matter of fact, most people no longer can even say when Father’s Day is! Why has this once welcomed day to honor fathers become little more than a footnote to church attendance or the evening news?
Despite the fact many have fallen for that misrepresentation, there are many good men who are great dads. They have embraced the God-given role of fatherhood and are impacting their children by helping them to build and live successful lives. Conversely, the one common denominator of many of society’s ills—pornography, human trafficking, abortion, rape, murder, alcoholism, teen suicide, and incarceration—can be traced to absentee fathers.
According to statistics, 63 percent of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (US Dept. Of Health/Census) –five times the average.
90 percent of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes – 32 times the average.
85 percent of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average. (Center for Disease Control).
80 percent of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes –14 times the average. (Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403‐26).
71 percent of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes – nine times the average. (National Principals Association Report).
From these statistics, it is easy to see that men who have abdicated their roles as fathers is the single greatest problem in society today. Dads need to step up to assume their rightful roles as leaders of the family. Kids are looking at them, and studying them, to see if they are really going to protect them, lead them and love them. It is time to once again make it cool to honor those men who have stood up to be great dads, grand-dads or mentors.
Enter the That’s My Dad Movement. This movement is designed to honor the man, not necessarily one’s dad, who most impacted one’s life. The movement, inspired by the new book “That’s My Dad!” just released by Broadstreet Publishing, asks people young and old to visit www.ThatsMyDadMovement.com and follow four simple instructions to honor that man and to encourage others to follow suit.
It’s time to breathe new life into a once proud holiday and take part. The truth everyone wants to, or at least yearn to, stand up and shout, “That’s my dad!”