THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2019
THE ROLE OF MEN
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.