Father’s Day


We just celebrated a holiday here in the United States that we call Father’s Day. It is a day set aside for recognizing and honoring our fathers. Unfortunately the importance of this day and how it affects our entire society is not recognized and the result is seen in the fracturing and dysfunctionality of the family.

The following three points will help structure the concept of fathers and their value.

  1. The importance of having a father in the family. The statistics of fatherless homes definitely point to their value that will affect not only the present generation but also how it affects his future legacy.

Children in father-absent homes are five times more likely to be poor.

A study of 3,400 middle schoolers indicated that not living with both biological parents quadruples the risk of having an affective disorder.

A study of 13,986 women in prison showed that more than half grew up without their father.

Fatherless children are twice as likely to drop out of school.

http://www.fatherhood.org/media/consequences-of-father-absence-statistics

2. Not a quid pro quo situation. There is no way possible or are we even to attempt to financially pay our fathers back for all the efforts and sacrifices they do for their children. Any attempt to pay back a father for his services is to be considered as the ultimate disrespect towards the one that cares for his children. An acceptable exchange between a father and his child is one of joy and pride.

The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him. Proverbs 23:24 NIV

3. Fathers are given cards; ties; dinners; tools; or simply given gifts of appreciation setting a day apart for his honor. The intention of giving our fathers gifts are intended to honor them and to recognize them and not for repayment. The emphasis here is in honoring our fathers.

We find this concept of honoring those that are providers materially or spiritually as fathers in the faith in the Bible.

Let me address the “T” word that brings much consternation within the Body and mostly due to misunderstanding and poor teaching in this area. Yes, the “T” word is tithes!

There is no getting around that the word tithes is a mathematical term that means 10%. That tithe is an areligious term just like the word tip is not a religious term. Tip simply refers to money being given as an appreciation for good services rendered. Services as keeping your drinking glass full; orders being taken accurately and meals brought out in a timely fashion and as advertised in the menu; and a smile from the server. None of the services are crucial but yet the concept of giving a tip is generally accepted as a social norm.

Tithes has 3 general eras on a Biblical timeline:

  1. Pre-Levitical Era
  2. Levitical Law
  3. New Testament

1. The pre-Levitical time is clearly shown in Genesis 14:18-20 when Abraham tithes to Melchizedek. There is much in this portion of scriptures but I would mention just 3 of the points:

a) Both men were men of means. Abraham had much before he conquers these kings and Melchizedek is called a king of Salem.

b) The tithes given by Abraham was not based on Melchizedek’s needs or for services rendered but out of honor to this priest. Hebrews 5:5-10 states that Father God declares Jesus to be a high priest in the priesthood order of Melchizedek.

c) The tithes were given to the one who presents the “bread and wine” which are representative symbols of Jesus.

2. After the Levitical Law is established we see the tithes morph, from gifts of honor to the one serving “bread and wine”, to a system of taxation reflecting that of other nations. This is when the God ordained concept of tithes is transformed into including a man’s system of financially supporting: a temple (church building); all that are in the Levitical priesthood whether they serve you “bread and wine” or not (salaried “ministers”); a system of government that was a mirror of the world’s political governing system and not what God had intended (1 samuel 8).

3. In the New Testament we never read that the Old Testament was in error and it is to be dissolved but rather it clearly warns that not a “jot or a tittle” is to pass from the law and that Jesus did not come to destroy the Law but to fulfill it. These statements are found in Matthew 5:17-19 which is the beginning of the beloved section called the Sermon on the Mount. The Sermon on the Mount ends in Matthew 7 declaring that all that hear and implements His words will have a house built on a solid foundation that cannot be brought down.

There are some today that do not tithe and their statement normally run along the lines of, “I live in New Testament times so therefore I am not under the Law but under Grace”. Whether this is stated sincerely or not it is an indication of failing to realize and understand the 3 eras on the Biblical timeline when it comes to tithing. They are correct to state that they are no longer under the law but it must be realized that it then takes them to the pre-Law era (Melchizedek and Abraham) which is being exhibited and lived out in the New Testament era as read in Hebrews.

To prevent any from becoming entrenched in what is understood to be the meaning of the Word and therefore feels it will be sacrilegious to tithe as the Word states and not how we have been taught I give one word: evolution.

The Word of God cannot change and therefore it cannot evolve but man’s ability to understanding and to receiving revelation from God on His Word is constantly evolving which is a good symptom or evidence of the maturing process in each and everyone of us.

Who should we be tithing to? Churches? Religious organizations (para-church ministries or denominations?) The Poor? The orphans? The sick? Youth Pastors? Pastors? The poor, the orphans, and the sick are not to be ignored but MUST be taken care of but scripturally but it is NOT to be from the tithes.

As I have written our tithes are to go to the one who serves us “bread and wine”. This would be a person that has a personal (one on one) relationship with you and not a positional chain of command person. A person who is of the Melchizedek order of priesthood and not of the Levitical order of priesthood. This is not based on need (the one receiving the tithes could be of higher financial means) it is solely based on honor. It is also not based on financially repaying one’s biological father for all that he has done for us.

Our tithes should go to the one who is a spiritual father (priest) in our lives, no one else, as a form of honor, appreciation, and in our desiring to live under Grace and NOT the Law.

You don’t have a spiritual father? Pray and ask Father God for one because without a father one will stumble along as an orphan never truly comprehending and implementing his spiritual heritage.

You have a spiritual father? Then tithe to the person that has been given to you by Father God.

Maybe, since this is not an exhaustive writing, what is needed are writings clearly identifying what and who are spiritual fathers. The responsibilities we have to the needy and also the two that are clearly identified that should be financially supported on a regular basis but not to be misconstrued as salary functions.

BTW I do have a spiritual father and yes I do tithe to him.

 

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