A United Methodist Pastor has outlined honesty, love and compassion as three characteristics that a Christian father should possessed in order to establish a successful home.
The Rev. David Tokpa formerly of the New Covenant United Methodist Church based in Greater New Georgia area in America noted that a good father does not abandon the home when things go wrong; rather he stays there and correct the wrongs.
Delivering the Father’s Day sermon on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at the David Gueh Memorial United Methodist Church in Paynesville, outskirt of Monrovia in Liberia, he said some fathers only have children, but don’t look after them as they move from place to place, leaving the fate of those kids with destiny.
He however said whether the home is good or dark, a Christian father will always be there to guide the family. During the worship service, Father Peter Lake was crowned Father of the Year 2013/2014.
Preaching on the theme “At the end of the day, how will you be remembered?” with text from I Corinthians 13:1-7, Rev. Tokpa said a Christian father should demonstrate honesty, saying “In the home if people are not honest, they break things and say it is not me; I don’t know. As fathers, we have to be honest with ourselves.”
The next characteristic of a Christian father he said is love. “Teach the children love; a good father is a loving father. Learn to tell your wife I love you.” Rev. Tokpa, who currently resides in the United States, emphasized that when children in the home observed their father showing or expressing love to their mother and to them, they grow learning the importance of having love for one another and for others.
Finally, the young United Methodist prelate said a Christian father should have compassion for God, noting “Some of us are so calculative we want to analyze everything.” But above all he urged, “Read your Bible at home and go to Church every Sunday.”
Rev. David Tokpa, who is a member of the Liberia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, left Liberia in the late 1990s for the United States where he now resides with his family. He has taken up a new assignment with the St. Paul United Methodist Church also in the United States, but is visiting Liberia at the moment.