I would like to continue with the topic of manhood and write with a more detailed aspect based in scripture on the importance of being a man and what it means to live out who you should be. Notice how I say, “should be” and not “may be” for a reason, simply because who you “may” be might not be good enough.
I want to take a quick focus on the labor portion of manning up. So, let’s go all the way back to the beginning, the very beginning. I’m talking Genesis beginning. We see that when God formed the Garden of Eden and when everything was perfect he still gave a commandment of labor to man. Genesis 2:15 states, “Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.” Even though everything was perfect, man was commanded to tend to it and to essentially take care of it. Why do you think that God gave this command to Adam? I firmly believe this command was given to develop a sense of purpose and worth for mankind, as an effect of mankind being formed in the image of God. God preforms work, after all why would God “rest” after creating for six days. After each day he created, he stated in Genesis 1:10 “…it was good.” God didn’t say, “yeahhhhhh you know all this is awesome, but you know what? The work I put in sure sucked.” No, instead it was Good! Thus, in turn he gave man the responsibility to work and preform, mainly to gain a sense of pride and purpose in life. If Adam’s purpose was to simply exist, what would differentiate himself from the other animals and their purpose. When you remove purpose from someone’s existence that person then feels as if their life becomes pointless. I will delve deeper into this in the coming weeks when we discuss the effect on society.
Men have two primary drives, they either live to build something up or they strive to destroy. Since we were young we had it within ourselves to build things up and then often we destroy what we had just built. As we progress through life, we tend to lean toward one side or the other; either we built things up for ourselves or we became self-destructive, and even destructive toward others. Therefore, it is imperative that a man must defend what it is he had built from the men who seek to destroy, family being at the top of this charge. We turn to Luke 22: 36-38 where Jesus commands, “…and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.” That seems like a serious command, to sell the clothes on your back to gain the ability to defend yourself. Now, I don’t know how well you are with a sword, but I would suggest with this day in age that it is extremely important to purchase a firearm and become proficient with it. Practice with it and use it often so that it becomes another part of your own body. You oversee defending your family and should you fail to do so, it will be one of the largest mistakes in your life. Not only is this biblical, but it is constitutional. Your right to defend yourself is the Second Amendment and should that someday become revoked, your other freedoms will soon begin to also be destroyed. But that is a topic for another time.
Quit being a push-over, you’re not doing yourself any favors and, in all reality, it’s just an excuse to be a lazy coward. You know what you believe as a Christian. Don’t substitute what the Bible says for something else because you are too weak-minded to come to grips with what it actually says. Embrace the Word of God and everything it teaches, this is our guide to life, our foundation for success, YOUR eternity depends on it. Are you going to let some punk push you around effecting your own future? You shouldn’t! Let’s go back again to Exodus and peek at Moses. I’m paraphrasing here, but God tells Moses to go into Egypt, the most powerful nation at that time, and demand the release of God’s people. Sure, it took a little convincing, but Moses went into Egypt and did just that. Keep in mind, Moses went with one other person, not an army, but just one other dude… Aaron. These two guys went and demanded the most powerful man in the world to release his people. When Rameses said “no,” Moses never backed down. Not only did he not back down, but he acted as the arm of God and struck down Rameses and his nation repeatedly, until he gained what he came there to do. Moses didn’t give up and go home when Rameses told him no, he didn’t tell God, “This is too hard…I want to go home.” He brought forth the power of God and crippled a nation… two dudes, one nation. Now, you may not ever part the Red Sea, or come up against the most powerful man in the world. So, therefore, you have no excuse to be a coward and shouldn’t grow weak and succumb to others in your faith, nor should you ever give up when things become difficult. Moses was a man, and so are you. Own it.
Men, you are to be the spiritual head of your household, to lead your family through the Word of Christ to strengthen the relationship of your family with Christ. You are there to make decisions, whether they are spiritual, financial, or physical. You are to love and serve your wife as Christ loves the church. This means, protecting your wife, being her comfort and her rock in tough situations. It also means to raise your children to be either a young man or to be a young woman. We live in a day in age where society believes that your children should form their own path and choose their own gender. I’m telling you it is your responsibility to set your child on the correct path and enforce those genders upon your children so your boys grow to be masculine, protective men, and your girls to be women knowing their worth. I’m not going to let a child who still craps in his/her pants make life altering choices and destroy their life. That is child abuse, and absolutely disgusting to ruin a human being’s life because you weren’t man enough to step up and become a father. Proverbs 13:24: “He who withholds his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.” Proverbs 19:18: “Discipline your son while there is hope, And do not desire his death.” Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Create a legacy for your household, your family name and your reputation. These things seem to have been forgotten in today’s world, but I tell you, the children you raise will be the future. Do the world a favor and don’t mess it up!
Next week we will talk about the effects this has had in culture and the church. If you have questions or comments I would love to hear from you via my Twitter account @str8whiteshoe.
Like it or hate it, this is my exodus.