This article originally appeared on September 23, 2020 at Baptist News Global.
I’m a stay-at-home dad for five kids under the age of 10. One of the most common responses to my recent piece about how John MacArthur doesn’t love his neighbor has been people attacking me for being a stay-at-home dad. Who am I as a stay-at-home dad to critique a seasoned pastor like MacArthur? One person even went so far as to tell me to “go wash the dishes and make me a sandwich.” I’ve already washed the dishes today. But a sandwich might be nice.
These past six months of quarantine have been a beautiful and revealing time for me. As my daughter has commented a number of times, “In some ways, it’s kind of nice because we have each other and get to be together.” So I’d like to share five stories of connecting with my kids during this time, and then consider how holding to the theology of men like MacArthur would have affected our experiences of these moments.