Happy Father's Day!
Anglican vicar Robbie Low has an article in the latest Touchstone riffing off one of the many studies showing the radical disparity between the influence of fathers and mothers in the churchgoing and religious faith of their adult children.
A simple summary of all these studies is that mothers who attend church do not produce churchgoing children whereas fathers who attend church do. Put slightly differently, if the mother attends church regularly and the father infrequently or not at all, when they reach adulthood their children are unlikely to attend church. On the other hand, if the father attends church regularly and the mother infrequently or not at all, when they reach adulthood their children are almost certain to attend church...
Which is to say God has ordered His creation, not as a matriarchy or anarchy, but a patriarchy. Like it or not, fathers lead.
Pastor Low gives many specifics about a Swiss census and its findings on the impact of fathers and mothers on the religious faith of their children. He ends his summary with quite a bit of common sense about our society's hell-bent pursuit of women's leadership in the church. It's well worth reading.
Low ends his article:
A church that is conspiring against the blessings of patriarchy not only disfigures ...the First Person of the Trinity, effects disobedience to the example and teaching of the Second Person of the Trinity, and rejects the Pentecostal action of the Third Person of the Trinity but, more significantly for our society, flies in the face of the sociological evidence!
No father—no family—no faith. Winning and keeping men is essential to the community of faith and vital to the work of all mothers and the future salvation of our children.