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Men Wanted: Part 1

By Pastor Philip Howle
web posted March 27, 2013
RELIGION – We start our next series with a big question to parents. Who is responsible for the spiritual growth of your children? Think about your answer. Many of you probably want to say the church. This is a fine response and being a part of a good church is a key component of a child’s spiritual maturity. But, the church does not have primary responsibility.

OK, some of you don’t think about this question because you don’t care. You take no thought of your own spiritual vitality, and you are content to let your kids go at the world however they will. This is so foolish and there is nothing that will shape all areas of your child’s life like their view or thoughts about God.This can be for the better or for the worse. If you don’t care personally, it will usually be for the worse.

Being honest, many men are probably thinking their wife. After all, she is the one who goes to church, she is the one reads them their Bible, she is the one who deals with their problems at school. After all, you make money, have a pulse, and go to church occasionally, all while leaving the responsible for the spiritual health of your children on her. This is not enough men. So, who is responsible for the spiritual growth and well being of you children? You are parents, and in particular, men it falls on your shoulders.
This is a huge responsibility. Raising children to love Jesus will only continue to get more difficult in the years to come. Many in our own “Bible Belt” are three generations removed from the Gospel. What this means is that for many of you, you had grandparents who were not Christians and did not attend church, you yourself currently take little stock in your own personal spiritual well being and don’t attend church regularly, and so now you have passed this family line on to the next generation.

There is an old Chinese proverb that says, “One generation plants the trees and another gets the shade.” Think about it. Our generation now lives in the shade of many trees that were planted by our ancestors.

This means that in spiritual terms, we derive shade from our parents’ and grandparents’ ethical standards, their perceptions of right and wrong, their sense of moral duty, and above all, their spiritual commitment. Their ideals determined the kind of civilization we inherited from them, and our generation’s ideals will likewise shape tomorrow’s culture for our kids.
Now, if we are going to bemoan to sad state of the values and work ethic of many of the young people today, we need to remember that it we point the finger at them that we have three of them pointing back at us. This is scary as there’s no question that society as a whole is in a serious state of moral and spiritual decline. So the question that faces parents today is whether we can plant some trees that will shade future generations from what is now the blistering heat of anti-Christian values in an anti-Christian world? Are you planting the right kind of shade trees, or are we leaving our children totally exposed?

You see over the next few weeks, it is my goal to help men see the crucial and essential role that they play in the leadership of their home. The breakdown of the home is what has brought us to where we are today as a nation. We can complain over the normalization of homosexual marriage, but we should be crying over the divorce rate among heterosexual couples. We should be crying over the number of men who are absent from the home. We should be crying over the church pews that are full of women, as men by and large, nominally attend and usually contribute little to church life and growth.
These are real issues and men, the changing over the direction of the family starts with you “manning up” and being a real leader in all areas of your home life. Failure to do so will have disastrous repercussions. We are going to look at nine areas over the next few weeks for men to lead their families in.
Let me close with a convicting quote from John MacArthur in his sermon, Crucial Lessons for a Wise Father, which says “If you fail, father, to teach your son to fear God, the devil will teach him to hate God. If you fail to teach your son to guard his mind, the devil will gladly teach him to have an open mind. If you fail to teach your son to obey his parents, the devil will teach him to rebel and break his parent’s heart. If you fail to teach your son to select his companions, the devil will gladly choose them for him. If you fail to teach your son to control his body, the devil will teach him to give it over completely to lust. If you fail to teach your son to enjoy the marriage partner that

God has given him, the devil will teach him to destroy the marriage. If you fail to teach your son to watch his words, the devil will fill his mouth with filth. If you fail to teach your son to pursue his work, the devil will make his laziness a tool of hell. If you fail to teach your son to manage his money, the devil will teach him to waste it on riotous living. And if you fail to teach your son to love his neighbor, the devil will gladly teach him to love only himself.”

Praying For The Men of Edgefield County to “Man Up!”
Pastor Phillip

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