Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
June 18, 2017 at 10:45 AM
The Righteous Father

The Righteous Father

“…Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord,,,Wealth and riches
shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth forever”. Ps. 112:1-3.

America is a nation saturated with numerous and often

contradictory values. Ideally, it professes to believe in God,

especially on the weekend. At the same time, however, this nation

is driven by economic forces. America, in this regard, strives to

display religious commitment while embellishing materialistic

goals. To sort of purge its citizens’ conscience, this nation has

set aside holidays some of which include special worship Sundays.

Our worship today will commemorate one of those special worship

Sunday. The referenced service is that of Father’s Day.

The sermon has been entitled, The Righteous Father. As a

slight departure from the threefold analysis, this sermon will

include four characteristics of the Righteous Father, namely:

his place in the home; his relationship with the family members;

his obligations to the family; and his role as spiritual leader in

the family.
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As background for the sermon, attention is called to two

of the words that anchor the message; they are father and

righteous. Since the first word will run throughout the sermon, a

brief definition is submitted at this time. Accordingly, father denotes

a male who has reproduced himself through a sexual encounter

with a female. Ideally, the female should be his wife but the sad

reality is that this type of relationship is becoming the exception

rather than the rule.

The next word, righteous, will be discussed in greater

details. As noted in Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words,

this word can be used as a noun, a verb and an adverb. Without

elaborating on those different contexts, the focused here is that

of being righteous. Within this framework, righteousness “embodies

all that God expects of His people. The verbs associated with

righteousness indicate the practicality of this concept. One judges,

deals, sacrifices, and acts righteously. Additionally, it entails one

who learns, teachers, and pursues after righteous ways. The Old
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Testaments saints understood and embraced the precepts of

righteousness and they, therefore, asked God to deal righteously

with the king as noted in Psalm 72:1 where it is recorded, “Give

the king thy judgment O God, and thy righteousness unto the

king’s son.” This and many other biblical references to righteous

can be reduced to thinking and responding in a moral, ethical,

and compassionate manner. In this regard, the righteous father

must be a man whose thoughts and actions are acceptable by

God and beneficial to his offsprings.

Against this background on the words father and righteous,

let us now return to the earlier specified concerns about the

righteous father, the first of which is his place in the home. Closely

related to place is that of the father’s position in the home. From

the biblical perspective, the father’s position is that of head of the

household. Within this setting, the father is to be respected as

leader of the family. His responsibilities include arbitrator in

family disputes, reconciler in emotional realities, disciplinarian

in cases involving transgression, and a pavilion of defense against

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external forces that threaten the family.

The second inquiry regarding the righteous father is that of

his relationships with the family members. Beloved, the Bible

entails numerous teachings on this topic. The righteous father

can find clear guidelines for family interactions in Ephesians 5:23

where it is recorded, “ Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ

also loved the church, and gave himself for it”… continuing in verse

28 Paul wrote, “So ought men to love their wives as their own

bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself”. The righteous father

is also called upon to love his children. Ephesians 6:4 calls upon

the fathers to…”provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them

up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord”.

The righteous father, thirdly, has obligations to his family.

Friends, this is the most frequent area of neglect for many men

who wear the title father. Prior to examining Scriptures and social

expectations regarding fatherly obligations, a brief sidelight will be

given to some devious father types. There is the procreator father;

is a man who spreads or reproduces himself indiscriminately;


publicizes his outside children; provides, little if any support for the

children; and is constantly looking for new avenues to exploit.

The next, devious father, is known as the pie back father. He is the

one who reclines in a household where the unmarried woman

works and/or receive entitlement benefits. He eats with the family,

spends her money, and eyes the maturing young females in the

household. He is of no financial benefit to the family, little emotional

benefit to the woman, and a potential danger to the children.

Beloved, there are many other devious fathers but – in the

interest of time – the emphasis must return to the third concern

of the righteous father; it is that of his obligations to the family.

The Holy Bible teaches that the righteous family must assume

economic responsibility for his children. Thus, it raises the

question as to what father, if his child ask bread will give him a

stone and if he asks fish will give him a serpent” ( ).

In addition to biblical expectations of the father, there are clear

legal obligations of the father. In general, these codes specify

a responsibility for the economic welfare of the child; these

obligations include food, clothing, and shelter. Fortunately, there

are child support laws designed to enforce fulfillment of these

fatherly obligations to his family. Fortunately, the righteous father

needs no such codes to enforcement compliance; instead, he

receives a joy in providing for his family. ( remarks about “pop” and

my education ).

Lastly, the righteous father must assume the role of spiritual

leader in the family. Probably, many of you have seen religious

displays such as: The family that prays together, stays together;

and Bless this house dear Lord we Pray. Beloved, such words are

enchanting, but they require action patterns beyond mere reading.

In this regard, the righteous father must emphasis the value of

prayer, insist on grace before meal, encourage children to learn

Bible verses, carry children to Sunday School and remain with

them during the Worship Period. Additionally, the righteous father

must talk with the children about original sin, the forgiveness made

possible by Jesus, and the need for them to accept Jesus as Lord

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and Savior. Happy Father’s Day!


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