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We are all still reeling from the tragic murder of 19 beautiful children in Uvalde, Texas earlier this month and wondering how this incomprehensible thing could have happened.

Some are trying to bring more restrictions on gun ownership or ban guns altogether, while others are blaming local law enforcement, wondering why they did not respond quickly. Others suggest tightening targets with more security officers in schools. But none of those options actually get to the heart of the issue.

Have we considered the fact that the absence of fathers often leads to the breakdown of the family?

The American Crisis Fathers Shortage

An article from the Heritage Foundation, published in 2018 after the Parkland, Florida shooting, contained this observation: “Of the 25 most cited school shooters from Columbine, 75% were raised in broken homes.” Psychologist Dr. Peter Longman, a leading expert on school shooters, has found that many come from iIncredible but broken homes Not just divorce and separation, but infidelity, drug abuse, criminal behavior, domestic violence and child abuse. “

Salvador Ramos, the 18-year-old shooter who caused the deaths of all precious children in Texas, has nothing to do with his father. His mother lived outside the state, and he had an affair with his grandmother, who he also shot. All of them also have criminal records. Ramos’ own father said in an interview, “He always says I did not love him.”

Salvador Ramos' mother, Adriana Reyes, is seen praying outside her home holding a rosary bead.

Adriana Reyes, mother of Salvador Ramos, is seen praying outside her home holding a rosary bead.
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We ignore this issue of family breakdown at our peril.

One person said, “If you want to know what kind of father you are, do not look at your children. Look at your grandchildren.” Families, fathers and mothers doing their part is the foundation of our country.

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When my eldest son Christopher was a little kid, I bought him a toy tugboat. It’s a sinking bath toy. We try to keep it in an underwater pool and it always comes back to the surface.

When Christopher grew up, I asked him if he wanted to sink that tugboat once. So, I cut a small hole in the top and dropped a cherry bomb in it, which made my son happy. It wasn’t dramatic, but the cherry bomb had a hole in the tugboat. The sinking craft finally sank slowly to the bottom of the pool.

If you want to sink anything, drill a hole in the hull.

With all of our social experiments in America today, we are making a hole in our hull. If the family sinks, the culture sinks with it.

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Eighty percent of teenagers admitted to psychiatric hospitals are from fatherless homes. Fatherless children are 100 to 200% more likely to have mental and behavioral problems. Children from a fatherless home are 68% more likely to become addicted to drugs or alcohol, more likely to become sexually active at an early age, and three times more likely to commit violent crime.

Fathers who want to raise their children are real superheroes in our society.

Sixty-three percent of young people who attempt suicide come from fatherless homes. Seventy-one percent of children who do not complete high school are from fatherless households. Ninety percent of our homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes. Fatherless sons are 300% more likely to be imprisoned and stay in juvenile institutions.

Divorce rates for married fatherless daughters are 92% higher and fatherless sons are 38% higher for marital failure. Fatherless daughters are 53% more likely to marry in adulthood. Fatherless daughters are 111% more likely to have children during puberty, and 164% more likely to have extramarital births. Eighty percent of those in prison today grew up in fatherless homes.

The fatherless piece in all of this.

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At a time when movie ‘superheroes’ are dominating the screen, it’s time to celebrate heroes who are often overlooked in our culture: Husbands are loyal to their spouses and “respect the vow to stand up for their partner for good or bad, for the rich.” And loving and caring for the poor, sick and healthy, until death “and fathers who are there to raise their children are true superheroes.

We need more fathers to reach the top in our country like never before. More importantly, we need godly men.

Pastor Greg Larry and his wife Cathy Larry, nearly 50 years old.

Pastor Greg Larry and his wife Cathy Larry, nearly 50 years old.
(Harvest Church / Pastor Greg Larry)

The Bible says, “Children are an inheritance from the Lord, and children are a reward from Him. Children are born in the youth of the warrior like arrows, and blessed is the man who trembles at his womb” (Psalm 127: 3-5).

The word “heritage” used in the passage can be translated as “gift”. Not to keep children, to raise. They need our example, but most importantly, they need us. The best resource you can spend for your child is time and much more.

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“A family can live without a country, but a country cannot survive without a family.”

A father and his son spend time together at home.

A father and his son spend time together at home.
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Most importantly we need God in our country. We must return to the Lord who loves us and helps us to rebuild our shattered foundation, brick by brick, family by family. We should call him and ask for help.

God says, “‘Come back, you people who have no faith; I will heal your backsliding.’ “Yea, we come unto thee: thou art the LORD our God” (Jer. 3:22).

I never knew my biological father. Our mom got married and divorced seven times.

Pastor Greg Larry is shown here at one of his Harvest Church events.

Pastor Greg Larry is shown here at one of his Harvest Church events.
(Harvest Church / Pastor Greg Larry)

But when I heard the good news that there was a Father in heaven who loved me, I turned to him.

He changed me, and in church, I met many old father people, who gave me an example to follow.

I married my wife Kathy and we are ready to celebrate 50 years of marriage. We have two sons and five grandchildren.

Christ broke the cycle of sin in my family and He can do the same for you!

On the eve of Father’s Day this weekend, if you have a faithful father in your life, thank him.

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On behalf of a grateful nation, I want to thank you fathers for leading their families so well!

Happy Father’s Day!

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