Biblical Brave Hearted ManhoodBy Rusty Thomas
I want to start this post with a statement, "As goes the father, so goes the family, so goes the Church, and as goes the Church, so goes the nation."
We can look to the failure of our government, church, and culture, but the ultimate failure is traced back to the feminization of men and the absence of true Biblical manhood. Fathers are missing in action and our children are adrift.
Two enemies have conspired to neuter men and bring about the sexual confusion savaging our nation.
A. The battle from within is the inherit weakness of men that has pass to all males since the fall, which are passivity and irresponsibility. When Adam's manhood was demanded of him, he went south. He step out of his responsibility, obeyed his wife rather than God and he lost God's authority. Mankind has been paying for this treacherous rebellion ever since. The truth is God's authority always rests upon and works through men who take their place of responsibility. So many men are morally compromised, they lack the moral courage to take a stand in our evil day. Thus, they lack the moral authority to address and defeat evil in our day.
It is in the arena of function that God puts major difference between men and women. According to 1 Corinthians 11:3, God's divine order is God, Christ, man, and woman. God presupposes strength and leadership to men. 1 Corinthians 16:13 states, "Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong."
On the other hand and this maybe fighting words in today's feminized culture, God calls women, the weaker vessel. It is this revelation that has produced in the history of the church the notion of chivalry. Just like to song goes, "I guess it is just the woman in you that brings out the man in me." A woman with a meek and mild spirit tames the wild beast in men and helps turn them from predators to protectors.
Since women have abandoned that role and function, which absorbs the harshness of life and grants a measure of comfort, nurturing, and gentleness in our poor-fallen world, life has become intolerable for many men, women, and children. Because the church has not look squarely at these issues and dealt with them Biblically, it has served to undermine the building block of our society, the family.
It has also created a national security crisis. John Adams, our second president observed:
From all that I had read of history and government of human life and manners, I had drawn this conclusion, that the manners of women were the most infallible barometer to ascertain the degree of morality and virtue of a nation. The Jews, the Greeks, the Romans, the Swiss, the Dutch, all lost their public spirit and their republican forms of government when they lost the modesty and domestic virtues of their women.
The issue we face now is what do we do as our nation, government, church, and culture either reject Biblical manhood or consider it superfluous in today's world? Just look at the sitcoms. How is the man, the father presented?
God's Answer, Malachi 4:4-6 states,
Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
These are the last words spoken by God to His people in the Old Testament. The last word in the Old Testament is CURSE! Four hundred years passed in utter silence. The heavens were brass and there was a famine for the Word (Amos 8:11).
Suddenly at the dawn of the New Testament, the Lord shatters the silence in Luke 1:11-17. The Lord reiterates the same message from Malachi. When God repeats Himself it is for emphasis. He does not have a stuttering problem. He highlights the same distinctive marks, holiness of life based upon the conformity to God's moral law and a call to Fatherhood.
These two requirements prepared the way of the Lord and received Messiah in the earth. They also are required to advance God's cause and Kingdom in the earth. This is why manhood is suspect and fatherhood is mocked in today's culture.
Our manhood will be based on two Biblical models, what we inherited from the first Adam and what is available to us through the second Adam, Jesus Christ. One will be defined by passivity and irresponsibility or one that will lead courageously with God's word.
1 Corinthians 15:45 states, "And so it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit." The first Adam promotes sin, death, hell, and the grave. Many men continue in this model of manhood. While brave hearted Biblical manhood that has been redeemed by the second Adam, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ produces a life giving not life taking spirit.
I'll end this post with Psalm 112:1-3, which states, "Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, Who delights greatly in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches will be in his house, and his righteousness endures forever."
Press on men of God and Happy Father's Day!