We Need Men to Be Men

by Roger Rush
fatherdaughter3.jpgTelevision can be really irritating, especially if you are a man. Men are typically portrayed as bungling idiots who are delivered weekly from the brink of disaster by a thoughtful, intelligent, and caring woman.
I am hard pressed to think of one show where a strong, intelligent, and caring man is portrayed in a family setting. If a man is thus depicted on TV, he is usually a homosexual. I know it’s only television, but I also know the power of TV.
I’m ready to bring Ward Cleaver and Jim Anderson back into our family rooms. They were much better examples than Homer Simpson and Ray Romano. They were strong, intelligent, and God-fearing.
They represented the ideal in fatherhood. Many of us from that generation were fortunate to have fathers like them. Today’s generation desperately needs that kind of role model again.
We need men who love their families. Paul challenged husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25). A real man will not permit work or hobbies to come before God and family.
We need men who will lead their homes. Many women find themselves placed in a leadership role because their husbands have abdicated their leadership position. Again, the Scriptures demand, “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord” (Colossians 3:18).
But, it’s hard to submit when the man of the house is still a boy! I always remind newlyweds that this headship does not mean that a man is his wife’s oppressor and she his servant. Instead, he is her protector, and she is his helper!
We need men who will take an active role in child rearing. It is not by accident that fathers are warned: “…provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).
The Divine plan for the family demands an active role for fathers. This is a privilege and not simply a duty.
We need men who will provide a spiritual foundation for the home. God said of Abraham: “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment” (Genesis 18:19).
What does God know about us?

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