Father Hunger is one of the chief symptoms of our idolatry. It is the basis for our political follies, our cultural follies, our technological follies, and so on. But the solution is not to schedule numerous family retreats. The solution is to announce, preach, and declare that the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdom of God, and of His Christ.
Another way of saying this is that men must seek to be Christians first. If they love Jesus Christ more than mother or father, or wife, or sons or daughters, then they will be in fellowship with the source of all love. If they make an idol out of anyone of their family members, then they are out of fellowship with the source of all love – meaning that the idol is shortchanged. A man’s wife receives far more love when she is number two after God than she would if she were number one. A man’s children will be fathered diligently ehrn they are loved in the context of a much greater love.
Father Hunger: Why God Calls Men to Love and Lead Their Families by Douglas Wilson, Page 24