Kent and Diego Love-Ramirez live together in Lansing, Michigan with their two-and-a-half-year-old son, Lucas. They volunteer with the Family Equality Council, an organization that promotes families for homosexuals, and worked with the Michigan Pride Festival last year. As a result, they came to the attention of the Obama administration. Last week, they were invited to the White House for a Father's Day event. They will be on the South Lawn today at midday and hope for a photo op with the president.
As Father's Day approaches, it's worth asking: How can Christian fathers help their families follow Jesus in a culture that is moving so quickly away from his word?
Here's the biblical answer that comes immediately to my mind, from the conclusion of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount: "Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash" (Matthew 7:24-27).
Presumably, both houses were constructed from the same materials according to the same plan. Similar storms struck both homes. The one that stood "had its foundation on the rock," while the one that fell was built "on sand." The "rock" is the teaching of Christ; the sand is the teaching of culture. If we want our families to withstand the storms of our day, we must teach them to think biblically and live obediently. Our first question in every circumstance should be, What does God say? Our second question should be, How can I obey his word now?
When we do, God will use our witness to influence our culture in ways we cannot measure. For instance, Tim Tebow has been much in the news after signing with the New England Patriots. (I invite you to read my wife's latest blog on Tebow's life and faith.) Mariano Rivera, the New York Yankees' all-star closer, may go into pastoral ministry after he retires. Brazilian soccer star Kaka pulls off his jersey whenever he scores a goal to reveal t-shirts which proclaim his love for Christ.
Few of us would know of their commitment to Christ if they did not use their public platform for his glory. As Albert Pujols, the perennial all-star, says, "My life's goal is to bring glory to Jesus. Baseball is simply my platform to elevate . . . my Lord and Savior."
What is your "life's goal" today?