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For thousands of years in almost every culture
the role of husband and father has been understood. It is only with the
advent of modern industrial and post industrial society that these
traditional ideas have been challenged. To understand this challenge, we
need to first understand that Satan establishes the course of the world
(for now and insofar as he is allowed by God) (Eph. 2:2).
The family in general and fathers and husbands in particular are an impediment to the collectivized world Satan is attempting to achieve. Consider the sheer volume of media he has allocated to the portrayal of fathers as jokes, stumbling idiots, and fools unable to function unless a woman directs him (not only before television, but before radio as well).
Men are supposed to be teachers (Deu. 6:7, 1 Cor. 14:35), protectors (1 Tim 2:14, 1 Pe. 3:7), and examples of godly administration (Heb. 12:9, Pro. 3:12). However, after twelve years of collectivized public education the cumulative effect of the words, “Shut up, sit down, and do what you are told” can leave a crippling imprint. Reinforced with media indoctrination and the club of political correctness wielded in colleges and corporations men in general have been subjected to brutal forces designed to have them accept a world in which they have little to say. Even churches, ignoring the warning of James not to be a friend of the world, can contribute to societal tide pulling men to abandon the role God has called them to.
It is important for Satan to entangle young men in fornication as this sort of de-facto “marriage” diverts attention from what the Lord would have them do to what the world expects of them. If one takes a look at feminist doctrine, once could summarize their discontent with men as basically “men are not women”. As a result, they often seek to impose a social construct that is hostile to masculinity. Men can react to an increasingly hostile world by surrendering their masculinity, withdrawing from a hostile world, plunging into a dissipative life of self indulgence such as with pornography and alcohol, or seeking the truth through the word of God and breaking free from the forces that would cripple him.
Even if a man desires to follow after the Lord, he may find his wife and children resistant or even hostile to his attempt to lead or restore a traditional family. Men who desire to resist the push of Satan to make them impotent drones in his collective hive, but rather to build and protect a traditional family and go back to what the Lord would have for them may face many difficulties. It can be helpful to remember the verse;
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
It can be helpful to find an older wiser Christian man who can instruct in being free from the contamination of the world and how to deal with the difficulties one may find himself facing. In the past, programs have been started that emphasize strength, courage, accountability, and devotion. While perhaps well-intentioned, these programs usually fail because they rely on the flesh and follow the pattern of the worldly systems that contribute to many of the problems in the first place.
Men generally do not seek help. They can often tolerate a significant amount of pain and discomfort rather than seek a solution. The Christian however should consider that even if he manages to endure the discomfort of a world Satan has designed to be hostile to him, he still has the responsibility to lead, teach, and protect his family. I have counseled thousands of people over the years and am still amazed how much pain people are willing to tolerate in their lives. For the Christian, “This should not be so”.
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