Where are the men? Where are you? I mean, where are the real men? The sad commentary today is that men are either wimps or cruel barbarians.
First things first, if you are a woman this entry has nothing to do with you. I have great respect for all you do and are and in many ways you are stronger than us men. But this is a man thing. The only thing I can say to you ladies is that I don’t understand why you tolerate some of the bums and barbarians that try to call themselves men. That’s your business I suppose.
Now let me talk to the males in the house.
Back in the day, men understood what manhood was all about. Excuse me for being blunt. I have watched over the last 20 to 30 years as males have been feminized and sissified. I have watched the protectors of women and children slump down to a place of “every man for himself”. I have watched as men no longer spend time leading their families because they are distracted with their personal activities. In short I have witnessed our men turn from our Judeo Christian examples of manhood to pure examples of paganism. Men no longer are the protectors. Men no longer are the leaders. Men have given up their place as the headship and the women have taken over out of need. I am sorry to say I am ashamed of my fellow man. I am sorry if I am stepping on your toes, but, if the shoe fits, wear it.
Do young men of today even know what it means to be a man? There are no fathers anymore and with no fathers there will be no men. Think about it. The statistics show that over 42% of male babies born today are born with no fathers. The broken home syndrome of our society is taking its toll. Even if there is a father connected to the household he is distracted with his selfish activities like sports and entertainment or hobbies. The men of today are distracted beyond words from fulfilling their responsibilities. Back in the day… sons and fathers spent the day together. They worked together, they played together and they ate together and so the father was able to lead and teach. Times have changed. Men of today are not interested in leading. Men of today are interested in escaping reality. (I’m sorry guys but I call them as I see them.) I see a majority of men around me practicing slothfulness and living on unemployment checks from the government while they enjoy time fishing and hunting while the wife slaves at the job and then comes home and cooks and cleans for them. I know several men that for months and months told me there was no work to find. I can tell you that like magic when the government checks stopped and the next time I saw them a job had been found. They should have been doing whatever it takes from day one to provide. It may have meant mowing lawns or digging ditches but you must do what it takes. I know what you say, “I can’t do that I have a degree”. To that I say, “who’s guiding you?”
I have several Amish families as neighbors and I watch them. I can tell you they have clung to something precious. In the Amish culture men are still men and Amish men teach their sons how to be men. I admire that about them. The sons are always with their fathers working from the time they can walk. Their sons are always beside their fathers on the Sabbath and worshipping. The Amish father is still the spiritual leader as well. Maybe not having a television is good.
We need to get back to rising up mighty men of God. If we don’t our societal failure is immanent. Strong men need to be men of faith and leading the way in worship and prayer. He needs to be teaching his faith to his children and passing it down. We know from history that when society moves to paganism failure is soon to follow. We need men of courage. We need to get away from this feminization of men. Will our sons of today be ready for the battles of the future? Will they be ready for battling enemies both physical and spiritual?
Are you a male? Are you a man? Are you a real man? Are you providing the teaching your children need? Are you providing the protection for your family? Are you providing the basic necessities for your family? Are you leading your family in worship of the Lord? Don’t neglect these responsibilities. Equip yourself and engage. Don’t be distracted or self-centered. Be engaged and involved. We read in 1 Cor. 16:13-14 what god wants in man, “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. Let all your things be done with charity.”
So we can see from the authority of God that we are to: 1) Be watchful, 2) Stand fast in faith, 3) Act like a man, 4) Be strong and 5) All this is to be done in a spirit of love.
God is the creator and the source of strength. We must submit to God’s rules and when men do not fulfill their roles and responsibilities a society will break down. Christian men need to follow the pattern of Christ. Christ laid down His life for us. Jesus is the sacrificial lamb. He rules, protects, leads and guides. He is the guide for all Christian men. Christ defines manhood. A biblical man understands what love is. Love is sacrifice! A man must be sacrificial. In Ephesians 5:25 it says, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it”. This is the ultimate sacrifice. Christ loved the church so much he died for it and He says that is the way we are to love our wives. If your boat was sinking and you could only get one person off would you send your wife away and go down alone. Or would you say, “Every man for himself” and jump for your life? When the Titanic went down many years ago the majority of men were standing on deck watching the women and children row away as they sacrificed themselves and went down to their death. I hope it’s not as bad as I think but I see the situation today as if it happened again the women would be the ones standing on the deck and the men rowing to safety. O lord I pray this is not the case.
The life of a Christian man is all about self-denial. We are to take up our cross and follow Christ and His ways. (Matthew 16:24) After God and family you come first!
Can we ever inspire our sons again to act like men? Be a valiant man. Don’t be AWOL like so many men are. Tell your family what Christ told us, “I will never leave you or forsake you”.
Please men… just man-up!