Pastor Russ Franklin is Founder and Executive Director of R.E.A.L. MEN Ministry based in Lehigh Acres, FL and Men’s Director at New Life Assembly of God on Leonard Blvd. He is originally from Pittsburgh, Penn. and has resided with his wife and two children in Lehigh Acres since 2004.
For more on RMM and to connect with Russ Franklin, visit www.ignitingmen.org .
As I was reflecting on the upcoming 4th of July Holiday I began to think about what it means to be free. There are so many freedoms that we take for granted every day; The right to free speech, the right to worship as we choose, the right to bear arms and protect our families and homes, the right to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. These are all “unalienable rights” that most people in other countries are deprived of. God given privileges that many have, and would, risk their lives in order to obtain.
With that being said, why are so many willing to surrender these rights? In fact, where do our rights come from? The Government, business, or world religions?
Let’s see…The Declaration of Independence says,
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…”
According to our founding Fathers, these “rights” come from our Creator. And if these rights come from our Creator, then no man, or established Government, has a “right” to take them away. In fact, according to the Declaration of Independence, “to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
This document, along with the faith of our founding fathers, was the foundation of our Constitution. President John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” (more…)
This Father’s Day, have you stopped to think of what impact you really have? Do you know what you’re leaving behind? Are you aware of whose life you’re touching? It could be your wife, your children, your grandchildren, your workplace, or your neighbor. Each and every day, someone is watching your example, every day you are leaving a legacy. No matter what stage of fatherhood you are in, every choice you make will make a dramatic and lifelong impact on your children and grandchildren. Some of you may be thinking, “But, what difference do I really make?” Well according to statistics you make a huge difference!
Children from fatherless homes are:
(Most statistics from a 1999 report of the Department of Health and Human Services. See book Father and Child Reunion for more scientific studies and proof.)
Does this mean that Moms are not important? Of course not! They have a vital role to play as well. But, rather, these statistics drastically reflect the story of a wayward world, when men decide to reject their God given roles as leaders in the home. Can we change this? Is there hope for men to gain back their honor and place in society as noble and courageous leaders? The answer is YES! But it can only happen in two ways: First men must decide to stand up and say “No More!” and second: Fully commit to follow The One who created and called them into existence, the One who calls them for a greater purpose.
This Father’s Day I encourage you to be the man that God has made you to be. And as you seek your Heavenly Father, He will in turn empower you to be all you desire to be. You do have what it takes. Happy Father’s Day!