It’s time to wear the pants!
Once upon a time, men wore the pants, and wore them well. Women rarely had to open doors, and little old ladies never had to cross the street alone. Men took charge because that’s what they did. But somewhere along the way the world decided it no longer needed men. Disco by disco, latte by non- fat latte, men were stripped of their khakis and left stranded on the road between boyhood and androgyny (which means, neither masculine nor feminine). But today, there are questions our genderless society has no answers for. The world sits idly by as cities crumble, children misbehave and those little old ladies remain on one side of the street. For the first time since bad guys, we need heroes. We need grownups. We need men to put down the plastic fork, step away from the salad bar and untie the world from the tracks of complacency. It’s time to get your hands dirty. It’s time to answer the call of manhood. It’s time to wear the pants.
That was an ad ran in 2009 by the Levi’s Strouse Co. Funny that even a secular company in an immorral society can figure out that something is wrong. Sad thing is they make light of it, trying to sell pants and even more disstressing is the fact that the church in America cares even less. We are pushing this meek and mild mamsy pamsy Jesus these days and it’s know wonder that the world could care less. How are we ever gonna teach the next generation how to be men when we can’t even show the creator of the world to be a “man”. I’m not really sure when it started or which generation to blam but, what I do know is the John Wayne’s of the world are going exstinct. We have to be the generation to fix this or the generation to take the blame for the extinction of manhood! Just be cause our fathers decided to be pot smoking hippies who love making love not war, does not give us an excuse to sit idly by, complacent with life while we deterriorate back to cave men.
So I suppose you might be saying, “all well and good but just what is a man supposed to be?” So glad you asked I think we should look at the creator of man to find out what He had in mind.
If you read the Gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John you are going to see Jesus “the creator of the universe” live the life of a man, an example of integrity, purpose, justice, kindness and a whole host attributes found in Galatians 5:22-23. All lived out perfectly by Jesus as an example to us of our role we play in our lives here and now. In Ephesians 5:25-33 we are commanded to love are wives and starting in Ephesians 6:4 gives us instructions for raising our children.
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, (Here Paul is telling us how to love her. Jesus loved us even when we were still sinners, we did not deserve His love but He loved us dispite us. So it is that we should love our wives, she may not always deserve it but, God calls us to love her anyways. Just a word of thought sometimes it is ok to be wrong especially when in being wrong we keep peace at home.) that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. ( see in being loving to our wives and laying down our lives for them we lead them in the way of purity. Not only will we be helping her stay on the path to sanctification we will find a wife who will be more attractive to us, and also in return she will find it easier to love us more the way we need.) In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. If you are over bearing or always filled with anger and rage, you will provoke your children to hate you and God. Love your kids, treat them with respect, sharing in household responsibilities. Set the example for what a christian is and what manhood is all about especially to our sons. This is very important, spend time with your family doing something fun for the whole family. Let your kids make mistakes and then lovingly instruct them with the truth.
I started with the family because everything should first start at home, if you can’t do this at home you are never going to be a man in the world. Oh you maybe able to put on a good show but, at sometime your house of cards will fall. You show me a real man and I will show you a man who is loved and respected by his family. We may visit this again in a future post only to expand on the character traits of Jesus, our example, but for today I think I have given you enough to consider. As homework though read through the Gospels and study Jesus’s attitude towards people and situations. I think you will find that we are missing the mark on manhood severly. My prayer is that we would find the power God gave us and start living the lives of “real men”. To be real men we need to realize that it will make our testimonies satan proof especially when we live out Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them inb the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Which is the whole point behind why once we are saved we are still here and not taken straight to heaven. So until we see each other again remember YOU ARE LOVED!!!