I know nothing about boating… but there’s a story of 2 boat teams. They are racing their hardest. Turns our the Second team wins the race. The First team looks over at the Second team and see the captain congratulating his team of rowers on the victory. The Captains of the First team discuss the loss and decide to fire the only rower left on the team. The point is that when problems come we need to look to proper leadership for success. Good leadership will reap good results. Bad leadership will always result in failure.
Ephesians 5 teaches that the husband is the head of the wife… just as Christ is the head of the church. The husband IS the head of the wife just like Christ IS the head of the church. Now if we turn this idea around a little we get the wife leading the husband… and the church leading Christ. Obviously the Church does not lead Christ – and neither should the wife lead her husband. I would conclude that many of our problems today stem from failure in leadership. Failure in the men taking their God given role – and specifically that of leadership.
Phil Lancaster, who wrote the book “Family Man, Family Leader” and also published “Patriarch Magazine” for a time summed up Biblical manhood to include 3 duties: To lead, provide, and protect. I would add that each duty is to be done in 3 ways: physically, mentally, and spiritually, in order to be accomplished completely.
This thread is to discuss Biblical manhood, what it entails, and how we men can better live up to it.
Posted by J.T. Townsend
I went to the Conservative Political Action Conference this year. All the big names were there: Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin, Huckabee, Chuck Norris. I think Sarah Palin and Ann Coulter showed up at some point, though I didn’t see either. I was really there to see Ron Paul! What a rousing evening that was! It seemed like Ron Paul supporters had taken over the conference. Unfortunately the blue-blood republicans wouldn’t acknowledge it and Paul’s rally was stuck in a small, out of the way conference room. We freedom lovers were packed in like sardines…standing room only!
While waiting in line to enter the room, I had a chance to talk with some of the “Revolutionaries.” Their passions were as varied as their faces. Everyone had a different pet issue. “Economics!” cried some. “Education!” yelled others. “Civil Liberties!” cried more.
Something’s been on my mind lately gentlemen. It concerns social change. We all know we need it, but it seems like every one of us have a different issue we want to tackle. There is no-doubt that biblical men are missing in action…(present company excluded.) From Joey in “Friends”, to Peter Griffin on that blasphemous cartoon “Family Guy”…the childish male is glorified. Men sit around and talk about sports as if its some sort of religion. The god-like state has emasculated men, and taken their place in the family…leaving women to serve it instead of their husbands. It fires me up like nothing else! Men are descending into the existential void of eternal childishness.
As terrible as all this is, I’m reminded of Solomon’s words in Ecclesiastes 7 verse 13: “Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what He has made crooked? When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other.”
My cry at the conference wasn’t “economics!” It wasn’t “liberty” or “education” or even “manhood.” Nor did I cry “evangelism!” My cry was…”all praise to the God who disciplines those He loves!”