Rev. Kevin R. Airrington
I AM A FATHER. This is a privilege afforded to me by my God, my Redeemer, my Creator, my Everlasting. This PRIVLEDGE comes with some great responsibilities that I do not take lightly. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY before God to love my wife and my children, to protect them, to serve them, educate them and teach them the Word of God. As the priest of my home it is MY RESPONSIBILITY alone to be God’s spiritual leader in my home. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to teach my children to love each other and to love God with their whole being…and with all their strength.
It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to teach my kids to RESPECT authority and the laws of the land just as the Bible teaches us to do so plainly. (Romans 13:1, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” KJV) It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to teach my children that if the laws of the land are in conflict with God’s law to obey God’s law as He is the HIGHER POWER.
It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to teach my children to live responsibly; not given to worldly indulgences or looking to the State for their sustenance but to lean on the EVERLASTING Father for all of their needs. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to teach them that welfare and State resources have their place but should only used if necessary. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to teach my children to be responsible citizens that contribute to the society in which we live and not feel as if they are entitled to government handouts.
It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to educate and train my children in mathematics, reading, writing, science, history, etc. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to teach my children the truth about why we are here. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to teach my children in the creation of this world just as the Bible teaches and NOT in the State sponsored false religion of evolution. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to educate my children on the Bible and the histories, godly principles, triumphs and tragedies thereof.
It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to PROTECT my children and my wife. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to confront evil in the protection of my children and my wife. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to show mercy to those that seek forgiveness and it is MY RESPONSIBILITY to teach my children to do the same.
It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to train up my children in the ways of the Lord. (Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”) It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to teach my children to LOVE, show RESPECT, to show KINDNESS, and to be COMPASSIONATE. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to teach my children about INTEGRITY; showing that having INTEGRITY is honorable and that the very definition of such is “DOING THE RIGHT THING, ESPECIALLY WHEN NO ONE IS LOOKING”. This is a virtue that MY household lives by.
It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to teach my children how to LOVE. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY not to spoil my children teaching that LOVE comes from the heart and not the wallet. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to teach children that PERFECT LOVE comes from God. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to teach my children that LOVE loves at all times even when we are angry at one another. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to shower my children with LOVE and AFFECTION. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to be connected enough to give my children kisses and hugs and to let them know how much they mean to me every single day. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to NEVER let a day go by without saying, “I LOVE YOU”. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to PRAISE my children and let them know that my life would not be the same without them.
It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to teach my children that it is not a sin to be angry. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to teach my children not to allow their anger to control them causing them to sin. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to teach my children to “…not let the sun go down on their anger.” Ephesians 4:26 It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to teach my children to attempt reconciliation and forgive those that we are entangled in bitter disputes with. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to teach my children the humility of seeking forgiveness of others. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to teach my children that saying that you are sorry is NOT a sign of weakness but a sign of GREAT STRENGTH. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to teach my children to be humble and merciful.
It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to be a good role model to my children. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to impress these words upon my children, “DO AS I SAY AND AS I DO”. Not, “DO AS I SAY AND NOT WHAT I DO.” It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to esteem their mother in the highest regards and to treat her with respect, love and adoration. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to let my children hear me praise my wife. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to show my children how much I love my wife. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to teach, especial my sons, the right way to love their wife. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to NEVER speak evil of their mother no matter how benign I think it may be.
It is NOT my responsibility to be perfect. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to admit my mistakes. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to allow my children to see me repent of my sins and ask God for forgiveness. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to let my children see me apologize to my wife. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to teach my children that admitting when I am wrong builds more character than “Doing the right thing every single time.” It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to SHOW my children humility and to swallow my pride.
It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to EARN my children’s respect. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to teach my children (especial my sons) that as their father I could demand and get their respect but that I would rather earn it because respect that is earned is lasting. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to ALWAYS act in a way that is HONORABLE, ADMIRABLE, given to INTEGRITY, HONEST and CONSISTENT.
It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to accept my children’s mistakes. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to understand and accept that like me, my children are not perfect. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to teach my children that life is full of mistakes. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to teach my children to learn and grow from and through each life mistake. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to teach my children about Romans 8:28, 29:
“28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. “
It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to teach my children that God, still today can take the worst mud; full of dirt rocks, twigs and dog manure and build a beautiful sculpture, if I allow Him. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to discipline appropriately when my children make a mistake. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to not spare the rod (Proverbs 13:24, “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” KJV) It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to be CONSISTENT and ONLY use the rod when absolutely necessary taking care not to provoke my children to anger. (Ephesians 6:4, Colossians 3:21) It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to set rules up front, to be consistent and to let my children know that the rod becomes necessary ONLY if they break one of three rules: 1) If you lie. 2) If you blatantly rebel against your mother or I. 3) If you hurt someone’s heart. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to ensure my children’s understanding of these three rules and why it builds character and how it will determine the kind of person they will grow up to be. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to use other forms of discipline for other mistakes and MY RESPONSIBILITY to allow the punishment to fit the crime.
It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to set limits upon my children for reasons that I, through careful prayer and godly guidance believe to be wise in providing all that they need. Even in the Garden of Eden, God set limits not to dampen the spirits of Adam and Eve, but to show His wise provision for all that they needed.
It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to teach my children to PRAY, both alone and as a family. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY that I teach my children to pray for others, their home, their friends & family and for our government and those with authority over us. It is MY Responsibility to teach my children, when they pray to be thankful and to praise & worship God. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to show my children how to read God’s Word. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to let my children witness me reading God’s Word and for me to openly pray to God.
It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to laugh with my children in order to show them that our house is a happy house. It is MY RESPONSIBILITY to give my children memories of love, happiness and memories that they will one day share with their great grandchildren. (“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine” (Proverbs 17:22a). If you asked my children, “What’s it like living in a preacher’s house?” They would not say, “Dad (the Preacher) ran around the house all the time forcing us to have Bible Studies. “ They would say that they live in a happy home filled with happiness and when someone interrupts that harmony that they are filled with sadness.
These are MY RESPONSIBILITIES, all of which I take VERY SERIOUSLY. The State has no children; it is sterile. As long as I have breath in my lungs I will never relinquish MY RESPONSIBILITIES to the incapable hands of a government who has no children and no experience as a parent. The State is incapable of such love as the State is a ministry of rules and laws. The State is not capable of teaching my children to pray, to read their Bible or to love one another because our Christian Founding Father’s had the good sense and the foresight to build a wall of separation keeping the State far from the church.
The State does have several responsibilities afforded to me, a FATHER. These rights and responsibilities are guaranteed to me by three sacred documents by which over 1.9 Million American’s lost their lives defending; 25,000 of which died during the American Revolution War which gave us the right to hang these values which we hold true and sacred upon the walls of congress, our courthouses and our very homes. Those documents include The Constitution of the United States, The Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights (The first ten amendments to the Constitution make up the Bill of Rights.)
The Declaration of Independence exclaims in no uncertain terms that these rights given to me are unalienable, which means they can NEVER be taken or given away. Some of these rights which I hold dear are:
1) THE FREEDOM OF RELIGION. The First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution GUARANTEE me this right
a. FIRST AMENDMENT: FREE EXERCISE CLAUSE (1791) – This clause protects my ABSOLUTE FREEDOM OF BELIEF.
2) FIRST AMENDMENT: FREEDOM OF SPEECH (1791) – This right allows me to run my mouth and the State is prohibited from banning my message just because the State disagrees with my message. James Madison and other founding fathers saw this as a natural right.
a. American’s such as Frederick Douglass, Mary Beth Tinker and Martin Luther King, Jr. have all exercised and fought for the right to freedom of speech.
3) SECOND AMENDMENT (1791): the right to keep and bear arms – Careful reading of the second amendment one will clearly see that this right was given to us for protection and not for hunting.
4) FOURTH AMENDMENT (1791): This protects my person, home, papers and effects from unreasonable searches. – The Founder’s Believed that prohibiting government intrusion in our home was our natural right.
5) FIFTH AMENDMENT: RIGHT AGAINST SELF-INCRIMINATION (1791): Why do I not answer your questions? Because My Founding Father’s gave me that right. Because nearly 2 Million American’s died to ensure that right never goes away. How dare you slander the spilt blood of these American’s assuming that I would give up that right or any other right? In the Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona (1966), the Court held that the police must inform suspects of their Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer questions.
I do not now, nor ever wish to give up these five rights or any other rights afforded to me by the Constitution of the United States.
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve…but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
Abusing drugs…my back teeth…total nonsense!!! I AM A FATHER!!!