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Feb 11

Fatherlessness

The purpose of this page is to provide a brief glimpse into the world of a disturbing trend in our society – fatherlessness! Fatherlessness is not unique to only America but is an international problem affecting many societies! In America:

  • 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (source: U.S. D.H.H.S. Bureau of Census).
  • 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes (source: U.S. D.H.H.S. Bureau of Census).
  • 85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes (source: Center for Disease Control).
  • 80% of rapists motivated by displaced anger come from fatherless homes (source: Criminal Justice and Behavior, Vol. 14, pp. 403-426).
  • 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes (source: National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools).
  • 85% of youths sitting in prisons grew up in a fatherless home (source: Fulton County Georgia jail populations, Texas Department of Corrections, 1992).

The fatherless are:

  • 5 times more likely to commit suicide.
  • 32 times more likely to run away.
  • 20 times more likely to have behavioral disorders.
  • 14 times more likely to commit rape.
  • 9 times more likely to drop out of high school.
  • 20 times more likely to end up in prison.

A notable example of how other nations are being impacted by fatherlessness is Japan. In Japan there is a rising divorce rate; juvenile delinquency and as many know a very real problem with suicide. Due to a heavy workload that is demanded from Japanese fathers, they have a minimal amount of time to spend with their family, in particular, with their children. Only 54% of Japanese fathers report communicating with their children daily, and when communication does take place, it hardly exceeds 36 minutes on weekdays and 92 minutes on weekends. 40% of Japanese fathers never help their children with homework. The most shocking fact is that 73% of Japanese fathers report either never or once in awhile playing sports or participating in leisure time activities with their children (source: Fathers For Life)

How will the seemingly insurmountable challenge of fatherlessness be overcome?

It will take a genuine move of God which is mentioned in Malachi 4:5-6 and Psalm 68:5-6:
“See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.”
“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families. . .”