I am God to my children until they know better. (John Piper.)
That quote is from a post John Piper’s ministry published yesterday in apparent anticipation of Father’s Day. Parts of the post are innocuous and parts are troubling. The part I quoted is blasphemous.
You shall have no other gods before me. …
You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God … . (Exodus 20:3, 5.)
Fathers are never God to any child. Not babies, not toddlers, not teens, not grown children. If any child seems to mistake their father for God, the father should correct that mistake as lovingly and quickly as possible.
But don’t play God.