Even though Father’s Day is an American cultural holiday, it does give us the opportunity to fulfill a scriptural commandment—to honor our fathers, including those who have held a fatherly role in our lives. I am fully aware that for some this is a truly delightful holiday, and for others, not so much. But, one of the beautiful aspects of the Christian faith is that Jesus revealed God to us as father. This is not so that earthly fathers could be held in contrast to God, but rather everyone can experience the parental care and love of God, and to receive the affirmation of being a dearly loved child.
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us in that we should be called God’s children, and that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1, CEB)
My prayer is that, even though we celebrating a cultural holiday of showing love to our fathers, we would also experience the healing and affirmation that comes from God’s unconditional parental love.
Grace and peace,