Men: Men Leading Men (1)
There is a scarcity of men in spiritual leadership today. It is really nothing new. The scarcity began back in the Garden of Eden, when Adam stood near the woman (later called Eve) and watched the devil deceive her. He did nothing to prevent the attacks on God’s character and God’s Word. The devil challenged the woman and like most women, she was up for the challenge, but she came up short. Why? She came up short that is, because she failed to depend on the character and will of God, because her protector, Adam, did not lead.
Yes Adam was standing with her, because when she ate of the fruit she gave the fruit to Adam also. Moses records the text in Genesis 3:6, “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. (Gen. 3:6, emphasis mine) He was right there, but he stood by and like many men today continue to stand by on the sidelines rather than entering into the battle of life. How do we turn this around? We must reach men and disciple them to godliness.
There are blatantly challenging statistics regarding our current culture. Bruce Einspahr reported recently as a pastor’s conference about the profession of faith in several generations. He cited from the Billy Graham Organization:
· 65% of those in the Builder generation have trusted Christ
· 35% of those in the Boomer generation have trusted Christ
· 15% of those in the Gen-X generation have trusted Christ
· 4% of the kids alive today will make a profession of faith.
Those are significant statistics and may reveal why America is suffering spiritually and we see downward results in many other venues, like morality, social, economic and political arenas. If we don’t reach each generation, the USA will become a second rate country, because it will lose its blessing God granted through the founding fathers. It was the founding fathers who instilled biblical values in their families, but life happens and the values have changed. In fact, the values are spirally down so quickly that only a revival will turn things around.
I’ll address this in the next article of Men Leading Men, especially as it relates to the father of the family influence.