Today is the day we celebrate "Father's Day" in the U.S. It was first held in a church in Grafton Virginia in 1908. It was introduced to compliment Mother's Day (click here). The Dodd's in Spokane Washington inspired by the event in 1908 also celebrated Father's Day in 1910 thanks to the clergy in the city of Spokane. Eventually in the 1930's merchants began to pick up on the idea and it became much more commercialized.
At it's origin, the purpose of "Father's Day" is to honor the role of fathers in children s lives. It was and is a way to honor our Heavenly Father too.
What's your favorite Dad memory? I called my Dad "Pop." I have two things that I love to remember. First, it was the time he took me fishing in the canals in Destin Florida. One day in a little six foot dingy, we caught 76 white trout in about an hour and a half. My second memory are the tools he gave me. They were well used, often salvaged. He gave me a salvaged tool box and I still use them to this day.
Sadly I grew up in a generation in which the attack on family became horrendous. The affects of that were many divorces and having children out of wedlock. Secondly, the pursuit of the American dream led many fathers in families to work so much they were never at home. Even though they had a father, they were not there. In my Pop's case, he grew up in the depression and his Mom died when he was five. His step-mom did not want him so he was passed around from aunt to relative as he grew up. He grew up unwanted and basically without a father. But his father's Dad came from an even worse situation.
His grandfather had escaped the "Trail of Tears" and married a white woman so my "Pop's" Dad was considered a half-breed. I wonder when my Great Grandfather lost his dad? Was he killed before the "Trail of Tears" or was he separated at that time? I don't know. I do know my Grandfather choose to use alcohol to try and manage the pain of rejection. More than once my Dad and Uncle had to go pick him up from the jail where he was sleeping off his drunkenness. I know my Dad was ashamed of this and had a very low opinion of himself. Why am I sharing this? It is because when I look back on my Dad and his imperfections, I recognize he did a really remarkable job with what life had dished out to him. So I am very thankful.
One of the keys to my Dad's transformation as a father was an encounter he had with Jesus in the mid-50's. Therefore, I had a different experience growing up than my brother and sister because of what Jesus did in my Pop's heart.
Last Sunday the Lord led me to deliver a message I had never heard anyone else preach before in my almost 40 years as a Christian. It was titled, "Turn the Other Cheek & Self Defense."
Starting with the be-attitudes I took our congregation on a journey through the scriptures and American history. We explored the role that the Church played in the founding of this nation and discovered that a revelation of what the Bible says about self defense was critical. Frankly, I was shocked that the Lord led me to teach on this with everything that is going on in the world today.
Then 9 people were murdered in a prayer meeting yesterday including the pastor at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. I immediately sent out a call to pray through our network for this church, the family members of the slain, this city and for the quick capture of the perpetrator; that mercy would be extended to the families and protection for the rest of the community through swift justice. Thankfully the shooter has been captured.
This morning Fox and Friends interviewed the AME pastor of the Call Church in Virginia (click here for the interview). I appreciated his sobering call to not rush to judgment as well as mentioning the rising hostility against Christian's in this country because of our Biblical views. He then went on to challenge pastors saying:
I would urge pastors to prepare to defend themselves... it's sad, we've got to arm ourselves... at least have some people in the church who are prepared to defend the church when women and children are attacked....
That gave the commentators much to talk about. It also provided real context to what the Lord had me teach last Sunday: Talk about a prophetic message!
On May 31, 2015 the mayor of Seattle oversaw the raising of the pride flag. He declared June the month of pride in Seattle.
I pray, Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do. For KLI and those working with us in 1Church1Day I say let this month of June be the month of humility.
They do not know nor understand that:
Personally I've been watching the increase of earthquakes and volcanic activity increasing around the Pacific rim's Ring of Fire. Why just this morning more earthquakes were recorded off the Oregon Coast by the USGS. Click here for KIRO 7's FB Report. Raising the pride flag almost seems like painting a bulls eye in this region.
If we (people) violate His word, it is because we in pride accompanied by ignorance have lifted up our heart and judged His word as unreliable. Think about how foolish it would be to get angry for operating a device outside the parameters of it's design. It is like trying to use your blow dryer to turn your tub into a jacuzzi. Electricity and water don't mix and the result could be deadly.
How can we respond in humility? I submit: