MEN: Rise up

traditional quartet - rescue the perishing

In the old America, fathers looked a lot like these men. They were faithful to their spouses in purity of life and mind, as well as in deed. They faithfully led their family in Bible time and prayer in the home, showing the children how to say their prayers at night. They led the family to a local congregation each week, and volunteered time and money to assist the work of Christ on earth. They took care of their neighbor and showed maturity in watching out for others more than themselves. All of this was done in addition to their regular job which they faithfully worked.

If you want to know why America is so corrupt, look to the fathers, husbands, and men of the nation.  Their leadership (or lack thereof) is what drives forth the spiritual character of a nation.  When they become corrupt, it shows in the family, in the congregation, in the schools, in the government, in general society, and in the nation.  When they wink at sin instead of running it out of town, sin begins to gain a foothold in a town.  When they participate in the sins, the town becomes corrupt.  When they allow wickedness to take place in their families, their congregations, their schools, their government, and in general society such as the theaters, concerts, and other aspects of life, then the byproduct (some might say ‘punishment’) is a corrupt government, crime, economic turmoil, and hardships.

That’s when the “blame game” starts.  Men love to blame the rich, a certain political party, their local minister, the school principal, or their own wife for all the failures, but they should be looking in the mirror and pointing that finger right at themselves.  The divorce and adultery rate is astounding for this nation and the people claiming to be religious are just as bad.  In fact, the Baptists are some of the worse, and their doctrine is one of the most pure.  What does this tell us?  It’s about having more than the proper creed.  We must live what we believe, and we must show love to all those around us, starting with GOD.

Today, fathers and husbands and men look like these fellows.  Fornication seems to be rampant in the hearts of American fathers whose eyes wander daily and oftentimes such impurity shows up in their marriages.   They are more concerned about "looking cool" and fitting into society than they are about being salt and light to be change agents in their society.  They blame others for all of the ills of society, while avoiding responsibility.  They find prayer and Bible devotions with the family to be unneeded in light of the great spiritual wisdom they get from the self-help guru at their local congregation (when they attend) or off the television or radio.  Watching the world's entertainment is a priority over family devotions.   They look to their wives to lead the family spiritually and blame her or others if things don't go well.

Today, fathers and husbands and men look like these fellows. Fornication seems to be rampant in the hearts of American fathers whose eyes wander daily and oftentimes such impurity shows up in their marriages. They are more concerned about “looking cool” and fitting into society than they are about being change agents in their society as salt and light. They blame others for all of the ills of society, while avoiding responsibility. They want to have fun, and be “girl magnets” and “superstars”. They find prayer and Bible devotions with the family to be unneeded in light of the great spiritual wisdom they get from the self-help guru at their local franchise church, and that’s if they attend at all. Their local franchise is usually more like a rock concert with a few nice thoughts added than a message of repentance and exhortation. Watching the world’s entertainment is a priority over family devotions. They act like little boys, and look to their wives to put them in their places and to lead the family spiritually, and they blame her or others if things don’t go well.

In a nutshell, we need men across this nation to turn to Jesus Christ in repentance and allow the Spirit of GOD to possess and fill them, so they can be the fathers and husbands and men that GOD desires them to be.  GOD established men to be responsible leaders who watch out for all those around them.

“But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.”  – 1 Corinthians 11:3

Men, we must stop pointing our fingers at those above and around us.  We must start looking in the mirror each morning and pointing the finger at ourselves, and let revival start with us.

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