Resident pastor of Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Nyanya Parish, Rev. Marvellous Kalu has called on all men, especially fathers to be role models and exhibit characters others can emulate wherever they find themselves.
Kalu gave the charge in an interview, after a Father’s Day celebration service at the church, to mark the end of the Men’s Week Celebration in the church.
The cleric who traced the significance of the celebration to the bible noted that God had from creation elevated man above all other creations, as the head of the family and society thus it was necessary for man to appreciate God for what he had done in the life of man by making him the apex creation.
“Man also by Gods purpose and plan is the sole enforcer of the values of society and life, at the family level up to society level so all these expectations of man are what we remember today and begin to thank God that he has brought us to where we are today.
“Another reason is that as man, God expects you to be a role model to society because as a father, it means you have to mentor someone, to be an example to someone either at the family level, in the church, in your office or wherever you find yourself.
There must be something good in you that someone can look at and say this is my father indeed and for that reason, I will like to emulate him,” he added.
He said it was wishful thinking to assume that all the men in the church had lived up to expectation to be mentors to others, adding, “I won’t say conclusively that they have lived up to expectation and that is the reason for our message today. In the modern day society we discovered that most men spend more time at football viewing centres without spending time with their families and this is a problem; a deviation from the will of God.
“This has resulted in moral decadence as we have in the society today. Our message is that men should rise up to their responsibilities as fathers and be the model God has called them to be.”
On his part, the President, Men’s Christian Association of the church, Mr. Emmanuel Inyang, said the theme of the celebration was informed by happenings in contemporary society.
“A lot of things have happened and there is no way you can exonerate the family from what is happening so we start from the family, where you have the men as the head. We have called on the men to put their house to order because if the family is working well, the church will be okay and the nation will be at peace. The father has a great responsibility as the leader of the home to talk to the children.
“We believe that if the fathers in the country took time to really explain the sanctity of human life and instil the fear of God in their children, the insecurity situation and other problems facing the country will not be happening,” he said.