Men are needed to turn our country around. And that starts at home with a Godly Husband and Father.
In a Republic like ours change needs to start from the bottom. And that is the family. Men need to realize that they set the tone for the family. And then the church is affected, And then the nation will be strengthened by the positive influence of the voters in each family.
Question and answer
What is church? Answer: a growing organism. And it grows as a plant grows. The roots (spiritual life) goes deeper and the stem and branches grow larger (outreach). The roots don’t grow deeper because of time spent in church. And the outreach doesn’t grow just because the attendance grows.
What is family? Answer: a growing organism. And it grows as a plant grows. The roots (spiritual life) goes deeper and the stem and branches grow larger (outreach). The roots don’t grow deeper because of time spent in church. And the love doesn’t grow just because the family grows.
And what are men’s roles? Answer: to be a catalyst (a person or thing that precipitates an event). Without men’s involvement neither the church or the family will grow as God intended.
Where are you men?
Men can only fulfill their Godly role by following God. It’s not just Bible Study, but the exercise of a man’s gifts that gain God’s approval. This is an issue outside of a man’s salvation. One way or another a man must know what God expects of men. And the gifts he needs to exercise come from his salvation and the Holy Spirit.
(2 Timothy 2:15 WEB) Study to show thyself approved to God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
What is being missed?
First of all is the man is to have a completely different way of handling themselves then what we are normally taught to be. Certainly a man needs to be confident in himself and his strength. But with that strength needs to apply it sparingly knowing that in his family he is dealing with weaker people. It may not seem like it, as the wife is more verbal. But the man needs to cultivate their relationship, learn her language without having to fix anything unless she asks. He needs to act responsibly and gain her trust. He must make good decisions, always using her input, but realizing the buck stops with him.
(Galatians 5:22-25 WEB) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh, with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
It is also important to invest in his children. And that’s not by being their chauffeur but a companion on mutual adventures. The way a man acts will become the model for his sons. The way he acts towards his daughters is what she’ll expect in a boyfriend and a spouse.
Building a Church
To build a real church that is God’s church and not a seeker friendly church takes real men. This post gives close to no information what a real man is. But follow the tag “men” and you’ll start to see what that is.
I volunteered at a pro-life pregnancy center for two and a half years. I quit when I was elected as an Elder in my church. But while I volunteered I would ask men who was Adam referring to when he gave his alibi for eating the forbidden fruit.
(Genesis 3:9-12 WEB) 9 And the LORD God called to Adam, and said to him, Where [art] thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden: and I was afraid, because I [was] naked; and I hid myself. 11 And he said, Who told thee that thou [wast] naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee, that thou shouldest not eat? 12 And the man said, The woman, whom thou gavest [to be] with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.
After the inevitable answer of Eve, I eventually steered them to the correct answer of Thou. I would ask them if they thought that was a little bold to shake his finger at God. Then I would ask based on Adam’s model how had they done in accepting personal responsibility. And they would admit they were the same. Last I would ask if they liked who they saw in the mirror. And except for the occasional married Christain man, they all said
Unless men are introspective and view everything from God’s perspective they will not succeed in building a true Bible believing church.
Start meeting with men in the church. Spend time with the preacher. Learn how to study the Bible. Confess Christ. Be open to start sensing and seeing the Holy Spirit at work.
And be ready for an adventure!