I have been dormant for awhile. I have been sitting back observing the Christian landscape. I feel it may be time for me to start talking again. My observations have led me to believe the church is in dire need of a dose of male leadership. Men in the church appear to be weak and unwilling to lead, even in their own households. I have seen some disturbing examples.
First is the consumption of material that is potentially harmful. The best example is the widespread popularity in churches of a book called The Shack. Men are sitting and watching as their wives and children read this book. As spiritual leaders of the household, men should be monitoring the spiritual intake of their families. Men have neglected the responsibility placed on them by God to lead in this area. The Shack is a book filled with heresy, and Christians have become so poor at discernment that they have no idea it is bad.
The other thing that I have noticed is the trend towards what I call Christian buffet. It is where a family attends this church for this program, and another church for a different program or ministry. We have lost the unity of the church that we are called to. Even leaders in the church send their children to other churches for programs.
Ephesians 4:1-16 – I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love, 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore it says, “When He ascended on high, He led captive a host of captives, And He gave gifts to men.” 9 Now this expression, “He ascended,” what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things. 11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. 14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
The church is to be unified through it’s gifts and diversity. Men today have failed to lead in this area. As a result we have lost the bond of the local church. We are called to be a part of one local fellowship. We destroy the bond of unity when are not devoted to our local congregation. I have heard the well all their friends go to a different church excuse. Is our ultimate goal that our children get to be with their friends for an extra hour each week? Or is it in the training up of our children, and the building up of your local church? This practice definitely breeds discouragement in the leaders working in the ministry that suffers as a result. We definitely live in a please me world today, and it has infected the church. As a result people are being tossed around by every wave and fad that comes through.
It is time for some men to stand up and be willing to fight for the spiritual maturity of their families, and for the building up of their local church. I will continue to struggle, even if all the other men scatter like dust. Sacrifice we must, just as Christ did for us.