Since Sunday morning won’t be focusing much on the fact that Sunday is Father’s Day, I thought I’d offer a few thoughts about that here.
- One possibility is for the father to ignore the fact the child is messing up, to offer empty praise and affirmations, to pretend there are no standards or to set the standards aside; to expect no excellence. To passively watch the job get screwed up.
- Another possibility is to ridicule the child, to belittle, to criticize unhelpfully. To eventually knock the child out of the way and take over himself with a gruff “Get out of the way, let me do it; you’ll never amount to anything.”
- For the father to step in, yes, and take a tool, but to stand beside the child, rest the child’s hand on his hand and guide a saw back and forth until the child picks up the feel. Then to step out of the way long enough to see if the child catches on…and step back in when encouragement, direction – modeling – is needed.
- One, that God ignores us, or expects no standards, or who is there only to offer empty affirmations…a God who doesn’t get involved with humanity at all, or who – if He does, is just watching it without judgment or involvement or real involvement or investment;
- Others believe that if God does step in, it is only to pop us on the head for our slightest transgressions: a stern God, one who punishes or ridicules or minimizes human efforts, or who – if allowing us to do any good – does so only by robbing us of our free will.
- That Jesus was God saying, “I’ve been trying to reach you through creation, through prophets, through my law, but let’s face it: you’re not picking it up. And so here: Let me show you. Let me live a life as one of you…and in such a way that even 2,000 years later, it will be an example – a model – an enfleshment of who I am…so that whenever you wonder who I am and what I care about, you can turn to this life, and know.