No matter what you might hear these days, every child deserves a father in the home.
The very first book in the Bible is Genesis. It is there that we find the account of God's creation:
Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Then is chapter 2, verse 18 "The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.
But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman, for she was taken out of man.”24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
That was God's plan for a perfect world...a man, his wife and children...a family. Men and women are different. It was part of the plan. Mothers and fathers play different roles in the lives of their children.
We don't live in a perfect world, and we see man's idea of a family can be different from God's...but God's plan was for our own good...not as a punishment or just an arbitrary rule.
I made this layout of John and Oliver, knowing that Oliver is blessed by a family of love...a father, a mother and children.
I pray that men and women will consider the well being of their children and concentrate on making good homes for them where they can learn to love and be loved.