1 Timothy 4:8, "But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
Statistics show that over 50% of African-American households lack fathers in the home. It is amazing and disheartening because less than 30 years ago Black Men were the staple of their households and lead with tenacity, discipline, and Christian upbringing. Black men took pride in being providers, husbands, and fathers and now unfortunately, it is an "old-school" recollection. Being raised in a single-parent African-American household was a complex upbringing and the absence of a father in my rearing had an affect on me tremendously. I was nurtured by my grandfather, uncles and elders in my church, but the void of not having a father was very prevalent in my heart. My great-uncles provided for 10 plus children and they never complained nor did their wives work outside of the home. Black men took their children to church on Sundays in starched clothes and ensured they knew what the Pastor's "text" was upon their return home. To put it in basic terms, they feared the Lord and had a solid understanding in their faith and knowledge that God honors family and "will make a way somehow." In today's society, the bulk of men leave women to "fend" for themselves and fear of the Lord and His correction is uncommon. Sadly, the burden of providing for children in their most critical years have left the "wallets" of men and have fallen into the "lap" of the government. Prayerfully, children of this generation who lack fathers will be nurtured and find confidence in knowing that our Heavenly Father is the only Daddy they need and He will and shall supply all of their needs according to His riches and glory.