Chuck Terrill: Fathers, what will you do about that hole in the wall?
Dads, what if there were a hole in your house about the size of a golf ball?
Imagine that there is a hole at the bottom of the wall right where the TV cable comes in. Now imagine that you live in a snake-infested area and snakes are coming in through that hole, all the time. Snakes are coming right into your living room. About half of the snakes are poisonous and half of them are harmless. Now this is a problem, so you say, “Kids, we’ve got snakes.”
Which of you fathers would say to your children, “Do you see that snake? That’s a bad snake, son. Don’t play with that snake. See that snake, daughter? That snake is harmless. Look! There’s another bad one. That’s the kind we don’t like. Now there’s a good one. Children you must understand the difference between good snakes and bad snakes. Your lives depend upon it.”
So, you have snakes in your house. Would you say to your children, “Now, mommy and daddy are going out for a while. We are going to dinner. While we are gone, we don’t want you kids to be playing with any of those bad snakes. Do you understand? You might get bit. When we get home we’re going to ask you if you’ve been playing with any of those bad snakes. We expect you to tell us the truth. We know when you are lying.”
How ridiculous! Most fathers would say, “I think it would be a whole lot better to nail up that hole. I would just nail up the hole!”
Would you really nail up the hole? Nailing up the holes in a home is a Dad's responsibility. But so many snakes are still coming in. Access points remain unplugged: internet, questionable television programs, magazines, books, music, video games and unsavory friends.
There is a constant progression of snakes slithering into your home. You know you are not always going to be there to say, “Hey, that’s a bad one! Don’t mess with that one!” What is a father to do?
It is a father's duty to diligently protect his family. Father’s Day can remind us to set some boundaries. For our children’s sakes, do whatever it takes to plug up the holes.
“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.” Mark 9.42.
Chuck Terrill, who has doctorates from Master Theological Seminary and Trinity Seminary, is the senior minister at First Christian Church in Cassville. He may be reached at 471-847-2460.