Catch | Slipping Through the Net

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 3:23

Several decades ago there was a problem with overpopulation on an African game preserve. There were too many elephants. Limited by the technology available at the time, the solution was to move the babies to new preserves. Everyone watched, gravely concerned, but the baby elephants thrived. However, unintended consequences emerged. At the new locations, a decade after the transfer, someone was killing off rhinoceros which were an endangered species. It turned out the killers were young male elephants. At first the game wardens couldn’t believe it; this was uncharacteristic behavior never before seen in elephants. They deduced that the young males had grown up without fathers, without any male role models. Some suggested that mature males were needed. There was concern that it would be too late, that the adolescent males had to have grown up with their elders. Some felt that bringing “daddies” in later in life would do no good. They decided to try it anyway. The new mature male elephants trained the young males how to behave. In a matter of weeks, the elephant herds returned to normal behavior. All the young elephants needed was guidance and direction.

Did you know that if a child is the first person in a household to become a Christian, there is a 3.5% probability everyone else in the household will follow? If the mother is the first to become a Christian, there is a 17% probability everyone else in the household will follow. Did you know if the father is first in the household to become a fully devoted follower, there is a 93% probability everyone else in the household will follow? Godliness, like fatherliness, is no easy task. This week we pray for Fathers who are teaching their children what Christ has done for us on the cross.   We also pray for those who have absent fathers that God the Father will be their teacher and guide.

In Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Paul Marzahn