Friday, June 20, 2014
Feminist Father or Flaked Out Dad?
Perhaps you've seen this photo of a New Jersey dad's shirt? His 20-year-old daughter was so giddy about her father's support that she posted the picture on Facebook this past Sunday. And after a retweet by an Australian TV star, the photo went "viral" with some 34,000 likes and shares on FB and 190,000 shares on Tumblr.
So is she a heroine addict? And the Dad is telling would-be suitors they need to be ok with her depressing her central nervous system? And that he and they both should be ok with her collapsed veins, a heart lining and valves that are prone to infection, abscesses, cellulitis, and liver disease; as well as possible pulmonary complications, including various types of pneumonia? Hey, it's her body....her rules!
Maybe Daddy is saying she'll be prone to go to bars and consume massive amounts of alcohol and the boy better shut up about her drinking too much...after all, what's a little cirrhosis of the liver, polyneuropathy, pancreatitis and skeletal fragility, anyway? Her body....her rules. And if she wants to destroy her body with alcohol abuse, let's all support her.
No, I have a feeling Dad would come unglued if his sweet little girl became an abuser of alcohol or drugs. I'm quite sure he'd instigate a few rules over her body in an instant.
Actually, we know exactly what Dad is talking about. He would never apply his asinine philosophy in any other area except the area of sexuality. We are in the 21st century after all. Dad has no right to tell his baby girl what she can and cannot do with her body in the area of sex.
But because Dads aren't telling, we see 116 million Americans infected with Sexually Transmitted Diseases along with over 1 million abortions every year.
The Bible has a different approach about parental involvement in the life of their children.
Proverbs 22:6 says "Train up a child in the way (s)he should go..."
And Deuteronomy 6:5-7 couldn't be more clear:
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Fathers need to pass down their morals to their kids; and in particular, they need to be their daughters protector. What testosteroned, sexually driven young man wouldn't think in a heartbeat he could put emotional pressure or physical intimidation on a daughter who had no protector at home. It was her choice, after all.
I like this shirt a whole lot better.