Men: Raising Men (1)
I recently read this quote from one of my favorite Presidents:
“In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
– Theodore Roosevelt
We often don’t do anything, because we want to do the right thing. We often don’t do anything, because there are so many options that we can’t decide which one to choose. We often don’t do anything, because we don’t understand our role as leaders and will let someone else lead. Men have lived that pattern ever since Adam and Eve failed in the Garden of Eden.
When Adam should have been leading and protecting, he stood on the sidelines and let Eve (as she would later be called) lead. She was conversing with the serpent and Adam should have been protecting her,
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said,`You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3“but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said,`You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'” 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 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. 3:1-6)
That’s what happens when a man stands on the sideline and does nothing.
There are also horrible things that happen in the home today when a man does not fulfill his role as a father. Note these statistics:
For every 10 men in the average church…
• 9 will have kids who leave the church
• 8 will not find their jobs satisfying
• 6 will pay monthly minimum on credit cards
• 5 have a major problem with pornography
• 4 will get divorced affecting 1,000,000 children each year
• Only 1 will have a biblical worldview
• All 10 will struggle to balance family & work: Because they really want to HAVE FUN! (Provided by Pastor Bruce Einspahr)
We need to raise men to be men and understand the Father’s business: raising men to be true men. Right now families are content if there is somecommunication. God wants us to build into young men God the Father’s priorities and life. That comes through 1) learning to love God with all of our heart, soul and strength; 2) hiding the Scriptures into our heart; and 3) being diligent to teach our children and the children around us to become disciples of Jesus Christ (Deut. 6:1-15).
What is your part in the process? Are you content standing on the side? Are you content watching America go down the spiral of the immorality morass and the vacuum of emptiness? Are you willing to step up to your God-given role of raising men to be godly men who will raise generation after generation of godly people? Don’t wait. Get going now.