A couple of things always strike me on Fathers Day. The first is how this celebration of fatherhood has crept into our liturgical calendar. Most churches will unquestioningly add Fathers Day segments into their worship today without pausing to examine the theological, ecclesiological and pastoral sensitivies that might be in play. As all (2!) of my corps appointments have been to congregations where people have experienced high levels of parental abuse and many parents have lost access to their children in one way or another, this has been something I have had to reflect upon each year.
The second thing that hits me is the almost universal correlation of Fathers Day with the inevitable sermon on God's role as Father. I've never been able to see this as anything more than anthropomorphic shortsightedness - the projection by men of their own gender attributes to the divine image. It's narrow theology and, in the absence of any critical examination, can function as an unhelpful barrier to faith.
It seems like every time December rolls around, there is no shortage of well-meaning Christians calling us to forgo the commercialism that has overtaken the real meaning of Christmas. Let's apply the same rigour to other social constructs and use the opportunity to reflect upon some important community and theological themes.