We've already seen the vital contribution dads make to the emotional well being of a growing child, now I want to turn to child abuse.
The term is indiscriminately bandied around nowadays and "abuse" seems to be extrapolated according to the philosophies of whoever is defining it. Some say "smacking" a child in discipline is abuse (I don't agree by the way) others say "telling a child off" is abuse. The term has become relative. Abuse, according to the Collins Dictionary is: "to misuse, to mistreat, to corrupt". It's open day on dads in some circles and for all the wrong reasons. I was walking hand in hand with my eldest daughter Kyrie in a shopping mall a few months back when I was insulted by the accusing gaze of a woman whose glare could have melted glass. It was obvious what was going through her sad mind as she looked me up and down and then Kyrie. I was so disgusted that anyone could think such a disgusting thing. The comment "pervert" didn't escape my earshot either. How many dads have to suffer this sickening indignity I wonder - too many I wager.
The following statistics are tragic and just go
to show why an urgent review on family values is needed in this country.
According to the Abused Child Trust operating out of
All of these statistics and resource references are available online at: www.abusedchildtrust.com.au
Clearly there's a problem. The family is under attack and precious little kids are the casualties who end up taking their wounds into adult years. Satan's strategy is systematic. . .
Destroy children any way he can. Messed up kids grow into messed up adults. Messed up adults destroy families. When the family is destroyed, society crumbles. Destroy society and you end up with a world without order - one in anarchy.
Our job as believers is to resist the devil and his minions, beginning at home. Are you up to that today?