I’ve been meaning to post this once Father’s Day comes. But then, I’d thought again if that is an apt time since it’s a day to celebrate fathers. Well, it’s just like when we have birthdays, we don’t only have fun, we evaluate our lives also. Mark you, it is still Father’s Day here.
I want to beseech every man who has been helped by God and qualifies to be called a real man to raise other men of like minds. We all know that there are a lot of irresponsible men and fathers in the world. Men who violate children and adults alike, fathers who sleep with their own daughters, uncles who defile their nieces, fathers and husbands who do not take care of their family but relinquish all responsibilities in the house to the wife, husbands who are chavinists, husbands who unashamedly cheat on their wives: the list is endless.
As far as I know, everyone wants to teach the girls and the women, but few are teaching the boys and men. Here on social media, there are a lot of pages and groups for women, these pages and groups are dedicated to raising godly and balanced women in the midst of the world’s craziness. Fine, there are a lot of fine Christian groups and pages for men and women, but I am talking here about pages and groups dedicated to only a particular gender. We don’t have as many groups and pages exclusively for men as we have for women.
Like I said, if God has raised you as a man, raise others. Teach, rebuke, chastise, comfort and encourage. I don’t know how you will go about it, maybe you will start a closed group for men, maybe you will create a page, maybe you will start a blog or just put up posts in that regards, let God guide you. And it shouldn’t be only on social media, you should raise men everywhere–in your church, in your place of work, everywhere.
Note that this post is not for every man. It is for some. You know you have overcome chauvinism, you know that by God’s help you do love your wife as Christ loves the Church, crimes and violence against women and children grieve your heart, you are not looking forward to marrying a woman who will hide her intelligence to make you feel like a king but you have it in mind to push her to be the best she can be, you don’t think men are superior to women/husbands are superior to wives, you know your worth and are not intimidated by an accomplished and intelligent woman, you understand that for the world to have real men and fathers, boys have to be raised well, you have a sound personal relationship with the Lord–this challenge is for you.
Arise and raise other men. God has not brought you this far and He hasn’t poured this much into you for you to fold your arms and watch irresponsible men increase in the world. We know it is the end time and the darkness is gross, but it is in gross darkness that light is valued most (Isaiah 60:1-2). Shine that light, do your own part. Raise men for God. The world is in need of real men and fathers. Families are crying for the fathers to return and stand in their position as the head of the home. Children are crying for their fathers. Wives are grieving and frustrated because of husbands who have refused to take their place but have rather resorted to foolishness. The kingdom of darkness is rejoicing because boys who are supposed to grow up to become real men and men that are supposed to be fathers are lost to sin, to different struggles. Several boys and men are bound to pornography. Will you release yourself to let God use you? The harvest is ripe but the workers are few. May you be yield to this call.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY.
©2015, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde
Photo Source: The men in the picture are brothers and friends.