Kevin Wayne Johnson
Today is Children’s Day and what an outstanding opportunity to celebrate God’s gift to humanity. I am always excited about the enthusiasm and optimism that children display. Below, I will share the introduction that I wrote for my fourth book in the Give God the Glory! series back in 2005. I welcome you thoughts.
I write this book at a time in history when the family is under attack at an unprecedented rate.
The first-ever rating of prime television’s portrayal of fatherhood was in 1999. It concluded that few fathers are to be found on prime-time television and those that are, usually are portrayed as incompetent or detached. Of the 102 shows originally reviewed, only 15, or 14.7%, featured a father who has children under the age of eighteen as a recurring central character. This study, conducted by the National Fatherhood Initiative, reviewed prime-time television on the five major networks from mid-November through mid-December, 1998.
With each generation, a myriad of facts reveal the deterioration of the family unit. Its current state is in a crisis mode, but has society considered what God has to say about it? A Supreme Court decision on January 22, 1973 – Roe vs. Wade – is partly attributable to the more than 40 million abortions performed in America since that time. That decision ruled that the right to personal property includes abortion. The USA Today newspaper ran a cover story on the front page on May 2, 2005 titled, “The Changing Politics of Abortion.” The essence of the story centered on how political leaders voted relative to abortion rights – Is it or is it not legal to abort a child? Up to forty-five percent of Republican lawmakers polled agree that abortion is legal in a few circumstances. However, the middle verse of The Holy Bible teaches us that “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man” (Psalm 118:8).
U.S. News & World Report featured a special report on May 24, 2004, “The Rise of the Gay Family,” highlighting that more and more American children are growing up with same-sex parents. Although this was not a cover story in this issue, its contents were spread prominently throughout five pages, and labeled as a “special” report, garnering as much attention as the cover story of the week. In the August 2004 issue of The Vine, an Upper Marlboro, Maryland-based Christian newspaper, the cover story highlighted the anniversary of homosexual Bishop Vicki Gene Robinson’s confirmation hearing. He was the first openly reported homosexual bishop in the Episcopal Church USA. Also, reportedly, there are 40,000 new HIV infections each year.
Lastly, 24 million children (34 percent) live absent their biological father and these children are, on average, at least two to three times more likely to be poor, to use drugs, to experience educational, health, emotional and behavioral problems, to be victims of child abuse, and to engage in criminal behavior than their peers who live with their married (biological or adoptive) parents. How has this affected you personally? What happened?
God’s plan for the family is so important that He references family or families in The Holy Bible 285 times! Moreover, references to father, mother, and child, and their variations, are found 963, 325, and 1,957 times, respectively! In the first book of The Holy Bible, God reveals unto Abram “…in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12: 1-3).
So why has the world disregarded God’s instructions pertaining to the family? I wanted to know why, so I studied, researched, prayed, observed, listened, read extensively, traveled, and wrote. This is book #4 in the Give God the Glory! series of books and devotionals. Let’s explore, together, what God’s plan was, and still is, for His family.
Together, let’s Give God the Glory!