Contrary to what from a biblical perspective can only be construed as rebel voices throughout the world today, men and women are different by design! They were designed and equipped differently by God in order to fulfill roles and functions that when corrupted or abandoned, bring about destructive consequences. As much as--and in some measures, more than--any other segment of American society, the black American family is illustrative of this truth.
Among black Americans, the biblically ordained two parent (married, male father and female mother) family is fast being rendered a relic of the past and the key reason is the absence of the father from the home. According to then Focus On The Family President, Dr. James Dobson, only 25% of black families have a married father and mother together in the home. 70% of all black children are born out of wed-lock.1 The fathers are missing due to abandonment and divorce. In God’s design of the family, the man is the leader, instructor, provider and protector. He is therefore, the linchpin which locks a healthy family together.
Dire conclusions of social science research on the black family and men reveal that while a number of children born to female run, single