Local Dad Braces Himself for Annual Father's Day Sermon On How He's Failing America
Kansas City, MO - Dave Holmes loves his wife and children. He loves the neighborhood where he lives and the local park where his kids play and mingle with other children and where he plays the occasional game of basketball with other local men. And he loves his church. Most Sundays. But this week he's gritting his teeth at the thought.
"Our church is just great," he says. "Great people, great pastor, great leaders...but on Father's Day it's always a little less great."
That's because every year the pastor steps out of his normal sermon schedule and preaches a special "Father's Day Sermon."
"And it seems like it's always about how bad dads are destroying their families and their churches and America," Dave reports, as he lays out his children's clothes for tomorrow's service. "I'm not perfect, but...I don't think I'm the reason our high school's standardized test scores are getting worse. My kids aren't even teenagers yet."
Dave's wife and kids say he's pretty good at the whole husband and father thing, even if he does get grumpy sometimes or spend a little too much time at work, or occasionally leave the toilet seat up.
"Normal stuff," says Dave's wife, Gloria.
"Last year the pastor said any Dad who wouldn't come down front and repent of playing video games didn't deserve a special day," Dave recalled as his son scored the go-ahead goal in their FIFA match. "I thought that was weird. So I didn't repent. And I enjoyed my steak at Outback."
The church's website declares Father's Day will feature a sermon called "Courageous Father or Cowardly Frailing?"
"I'm sure it'll be great," Dave said with a smile.