Daily Devotional for Monday March 12, 2018
A Culture Shaping Men to be Someting God Never Intended them to Be
(Genesis 2:15, 3:19; Proverbs 13:4; Genesis 1:27; Galatians 3:28)
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, thank you for meeting my daily needs as you have promised in your Word. I look to you and your alone for my sustenance through life, and thank you for your faithfulness. Please help me to be a good steward of the funds you entrust into my care during this life, and give me favor in my finances, and wisdom in my decisions. In the name of Jesus I pray...AMEN!
The breakdown of the family is the 1 reason for the breakdown of our culture, and the breakdown of the family is directly tied to men and women not following their God-ordained roles. It is sad and disheartening to see men today allow themselves to be shaped by a culture into something God never intended them to be!
God created men to be a protector, a provider, the head of his home, and most important the PRIEST OF HIS HOME!!! Steadily over the past decades men have allowed themselves to be emasculated, intimidated into silence by the radical feminist movement, fearful how to even deal with women due to the abusive and harassment treatment of women by a very small minority of men, and fed lies since birth regarding their sexuality and now even their gender!!!
Recent cultural movements have glorified the “beta male’ over the “alpha male.” Society pushes the lie that the ideal man is a “beta male,” weak and subservient, especially to women. Listen, God made each of us wonderfully unique. Some men are more aggressive, more assertive than others. However, you don’t have to be the “king of the forest” to still be all God has called you to be as a man...a protector, a provider, a leader, and most especially the priest of your home!
Quickly let me address the false claims by the media regarding the Parkland HS shooter. Many now attribute his heinous act to “toxic masculinity.” What a load of camel dung! The evil act of this young man originated in evil from the pits of hell and his disturbed mental state. Sadly, the murder of 3 innocent women at the California vets home last week were the actions of a man in a broken mental state.
The common thread in all of these mass shootings we have sadly witnessed over the past decades have ZERO to do with guns but are 100% due to a void of faith and a disturbed mental condition...100%!!!
Also, as I have stated so often you have the vast percentage of over a generation of young men who have grown up in homes void of fathers, of a Godly male role model. Sadly, this has allowed a lost and Godless culture to shape how these young men view themselves as men.
Recently a study was released that 41% of the primary breadwinners are now women. Of course, the secular media cheered this report, but was there really something to cheer about? In context, just 40 years ago, one generation, that percentage of women who were the primary breadwinner was just 11%. I submit to you today this study proves what I have been saying for years and is not something to celebrate, but lament!!!
I am always amused at the feminists and liberal theologians that state the Bible is anti-woman and that Paul was a male chauvinist. Nobody who understands God's Word would make such a foolish claim since nothing could be further from the truth. The Bible is very much PRO woman and clearly teaches that God made men and women 100% equal with separate roles to play. Paul, in teaching equality between men and women, was a pioneer for women's rights in a day when women were viewed as little more than property. One of the roles God has called men to play is that of a leader, a role many men have failed to live up to.
Out of the rebellion in the '60s came the women's movement. Satan is a liar, and the lie he told to women was that they needed to be equal with men. But if you read and study God's Word, the TRUTH, you realize that according to God a woman is already equal to a man. Men and women are 100% equal, they simply have different roles to play. Sadly, women bought this lie and for what little strides there may have been in regard to women getting a few more dollars for their work, the long-term consequences have been disastrous for women, men, children, and society as a whole.
Two generations later the results are men and women living totally outside of the roles God intended for them to have, neither really being sure any longer what those roles even are. Let me be so bold to say that we now have the largest percentage of 2 generations of men who are spineless, gutless, confused, and lost. They fail to lead in their marriage. They fail to lead in their homes. They fail to lead in their careers. They are not the leaders God has called them to be, simply followers. Worst of all, they are not the priests of their homes, having failed in this most important role God has called them to play.
To fill the void left by men failing to perform their God-ordained roles, women have had to take on roles God never intended them to have. One of those roles is a woman working outside of the home to provide for the family. The lie of the world is that women have to go out and work. The sad reality in the year 2013 is that many men expect their wives to work and earn a certain amount of money. Let me break this down for you men, YOU, NOT YOUR WIFE, ARE SUPPOSED TO SUPPORT YOUR FAMILY!
This is not demeaning women or their abilities in any way. It is not a matter of if a woman can do the same job as a man, but the fact God never intended for them to do the same job as a man! God gave a woman the most important job of all and that is raising your children in the admonition of the Lord. No matter what else you may do in your life, that is the number one job and ministry a woman will ever have!!!
Listen, I am well aware of the argument that both spouses have to work. The reality is, economics have not changed since the days not that long ago when most women did not work. It is our desires for the things of this world that have changed. God's plan is for men to work and support their family and women to raise the children with the help and support of their husbands.
If you don't have children, there is nothing wrong with working, but the husband is still supposed to be the primary source of support in the home. Obviously, single moms, single women, and those whose husbands are unable to work, are in special situations where you have no other choice but to work. Know that God will give you the favor, strength, and ability to provide for your family.
Women, let me give you a quick word of counsel. This is why I share so often that marriage is not something to enter into lightly. Please don't rush into marriage! It is a lifetime commitment. Heed God's warning about being unequally yoked. Take the time to build a spiritual foundation together. Make sure that the man you are praying about spending the rest of your life with, is a man of God who is following God's Word and willing to perform the roles God has called him to play. Like I say so often, our way doesn't work and only brings consequences, God's way works and brings blessings.
The encouraging thing is every day I get prayer requests from husbands and wives who are restructuring their lives and finances so that the wife can stay at home with the children. There has been a big move in this direction the past few years as women are going back to their natural, God-given roles of being a mother and wife above everything else.
This is also forcing men to perform their God-given role as the provider for their family. For you parents out there praying about doing this, let me encourage you that God will give you the wisdom and favor to restructure your lives and finances so that you can stay home with your children. God will always honor us and help us to follow His plan for our lives.
I love you and care about you so much. I am praying today, especially for the men out there that this will be a wake-up call that God has called you to be a leader. You do not have the option of passing on this role God has called you to play if you want to be the man He has raised you up to be. God has called you to protect and provide for your family. God has called you to be the priest of your home and be the spiritual leader of your wife and children. I pray, today, that you will take these roles seriously and ask God to help you fulfill them to the best of your ability.
The biggest problem we have in our world today is the breakdown of the family. It is God's foundation for society. When the family works, society works. When the family breaks down, society breaks down. We can see clearly that the breakdown of our culture in 2018 can be directly tied to the breakdown of the family, and a big part of that is because men and women not following their God’s intended roles. Sadly, women have bought into a lie from hell and men have failed to be the leaders God has called them to be!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller