We often hear our culture remind men to protect their own family. Here Mark Adams, Superintendent of the Sierra Pacific Conference of the Free Methodist Church, reminds us that Christians protect and care for all families, not only his own. Written for Father’s Day it speaks to men, however the message is for all Christians, men and women.
Supt. Mark Adams
Today is Father’s Day. I am so proud of all four of my sons. They are Lars, Jake, Alex and Felix. Each are young men with sharp minds, quick wits, compassionate hearts and willing to sacrifice much to benefit others. Three are fathers themselves, and really great dads at that! I could not be a happier dad. So, sons, remember – real men shield the defenseless and protect families.
Consequently, I must say something about the current American implementation of a policy to tear apart families as an immigration deterrent. I am disheartened as a Christian father that the policy is being defended by national spokespersons (Jeff Sessions and Sarah Sanders) through biblical texts. On a personal identity level (I have identified as an “evangelical Christian”) I am dismayed that over the past few years it seems that evangelical Christianity as a whole is becoming enmeshed with a political agenda that places nationalistic views ahead global Christian concerns, even promoting initiatives that seem to dehumanize others.