Manhood Cannot Be Hidden
by Clarence Boyd on November 16th, 2017

​Many people assume that they could live without some things. In fact, this assumption is not just limited to things. We live in a society today that has become accustomed to living without things and people. The Fatherless Generation website shares the following statistics:
  • 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (US Dept. Of Health/Census) – 5 times the average.
  • 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes – 32 times the average.
  • 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average (Center for Disease Control)80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes – 14 times the average. (Justice & Behavior, Vol. 14, p. 403-26)
  • 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average (National Principals Association Report) 
This same report sheds light on ‘the father factor in education.’ The following are some examples:
  • Fatherless children are twice as likely to drop out of school.
  • Children with Fathers who are involved are 40% less likely to repeat a grade in school.
  • Children with Fathers are 70% less likely to drop out of school.
  • Children with Fathers who are involved are more likely to get A’s in school.
  • Children with Fathers who are involved are more likely to enjoy school and engage in extracurricular activities.
  • 75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes – 10 times the average. 
These are but a few examples of the impact fathers have on the family and in the lives of their children. These statistics validate the premise that the absence of a man in the home has devastating effects on children, not to mention wives and women in general. As a society, we cannot afford to lose additional generations of men. What can be done to turn this reality around? Our communities can no longer afford to ignore the collateral consequences resulting from the absence of the man in the context of relationships.
 
From a biblical perspective, the man is central to the fulfillment of God’s purpose for the family and for society at large.  From the first chapter of Genesis we know that God created things with seed in them.  (Gen. 1:12) The Bible confirms that everything with seed in it was to reproduce after its own kind. (Gen. 1:13) Thus we can deduce that life is in the seed, and it is obvious that the seed is in the man. Therefore, if you get rid of the man, you have also gotten rid of the family. There would be no family without the man. The enemy’s strategy is not limited to getting rid of the man, but also to eliminate the family.  The seed represents the source of life. God is the source of all creation. As a result, God is responsible for everything He has created.  God sustains every created thing because He is the source of it. Every created thing depends on God for its life and existence. This is why God takes care of the birds of the air and the lilies of the valley.
 
In a similar sense, the man is also responsible for everything he is the source of.  Therefore, if the man is absent as a father, we know the devastating consequences this reality will have on his family. This fact cannot be overlooked and his absence cannot be ignored.  Thus the conclusion is always the same: “Manhood cannot be hidden.”


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