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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

OUR THEME FOR 2019
(Part 32)

THE ROLE OF MEN

September 16, 2019
Today’s reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-8


According to the design of God, a Christian family is led by the husband, supported by his wife. The husband is the priest, provider and protector. As such, he must be a true man of God. Why are marriages breaking up and families disintegrating today? There are many factors, but a major one is the failure of the men to take responsibility for the life of their family.

Part of this failure is the all-out assault of today’s culture against faith and family. In particular, with the evil one knowing how crucial the role of the man is in the family, there is the assault against men. Liberals today assail so-called toxic masculinity. Modern-day women, led by radical feminists, look on men as exploiters and oppressors of women. Marriage and motherhood are looked on as enslaving women. Masculinity is considered toxic because men are aggressive, dominant and abusive. Now while men’s roles can be and have been abused, the make-up of a man is designed for him to be a leader, a protector, a provider, a warrior. He is masculine and need not make excuses about it. All these are at the service of his wife and his family.

Unfortunately, many men, especially in the Western world, not knowing what their true roles are, have succumbed to these assaults. They have been feminized. But a man is not a weakling, unmotivated or mediocre. He is not sissified. He is not one to have to get in touch with his emotions. He is masculine and strong.

How then should men act? Paul says, “It is my wish, then, that in every place the men should pray, lifting up holy hands, without anger or argument.” (v.8).

First, they must be prayerful. They are centered on Christ. They are 24/7 for Jesus. They are intimately connected with God. They know they rely totally on the grace of God and the power of the Spirit. They allow the Spirit to teach them and form them in God’s ways.

Second, they must be growing in holiness. They are set apart. They are unlike the fallen world around them. They are people of integrity. When they pray, they are able to lift up holy hands.

Third, they must not cause nor contribute to internal dissension in the body, whether in the home or community or Church. There can be disagreements but they must not be argumentative nor dominated by anger. They can set forth arguments but not be disagreeable or unloving. They can be angry but without sin.

Men are called by God to be holy warriors. They lead in the counter-assault against the evil one. They are bold in confronting what is wrong in the culture. They are at the forefront of families on mission.

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