Our men are lost. The pendulum has swung way to the left. Our nation and our world need men of character, integrity, single-mindedness, courage and maturity to stand up and begin to reverse the curse of apathy, weak-mindedness, complacency, and cowardice that has gripped this once proud and powerful nation. To reverse the curse, it will take many working together in biblical unity. The experience is available now. The tools are available now. The team is available now. The willing heart to offer the help is available now.
Strong churches exist because the men in them are strong in their faith and their courage. When we use the term church, keep in mind the first churches were called the ecclesia or “the set apart ones.” They were set apart because of their sacrificial hearts. These were people who understood the fact that if they joined this set apart group, they would be killed for a cause bigger than themselves. The first church was a group of ultimate warriors. The eternal prize is still the ultimate cause for a man to lay down his life.
The following thoughts are my effort to expose why I feel it is time to plant truths in the local church that will strengthen the men and, thereby, strengthen the church.
The majority of churches worldwide are composed of a ratio of 80 percent female members and 20 percent male members. The Bible is written to men and initially intended to be taught to men in a congregational setting. The men, as heads of their homes, would then be responsible for taking this information back and leading their homes in the implementation of these truths.
You can have spirituality (worship, praise, atmosphere, righteousness, etc.) with women, but it takes godly, courageous men to bring strength, action, warfare, discipline, direction, leadership, single-mindedness, and decisiveness to the Church.
The above-mentioned percentages show us a matriarchal or mother-led country, family, and church which depletes the attributes of a male or father figure. For example, a male is more prone to discipline with a physical force like a spanking or push-ups, while a female is more prone to discipline with her words. A current example of this can be seen in two presidents. President George W. Bush was raised with a father in his home, and when America was under attack on 9/11, he responded decisively and almost immediately with military force. President Obama was raised in a matriarchal environment, and he tried diplomatic or verbal means to rectify threatening situations. When we enter most churches, we see young, urban heterosexual males with a liberal political view, wearing skinny jeans, grooming their eyebrows, coloring their hair with streaks of yellow, doing their nails, and having an interest in the latest and greatest TV fads. Immature males are adapting to the culture of a feminine church and have little heart for sacrifice.
Evangelizing the man is actually the pattern of the Bible. Jesus picked twelve male disciples to change the world. God came in the form of a man, Jesus, to illustrate roles of leadership and sacrifice from a man’s perspective. When a child is the first person saved in a family there is a 3 percent chance the rest of his family will be saved. When the mother is the first to be saved, the percentage increases to 13 percent. When the man/father is first to be saved, the percentage increases to 95 percent. The man is the ultimate influencer even though he is usually more difficult to win over.
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