Not to put too fine a point on it, but the world’s a mess. I’ve been lots of places and seen lots of terrible things. Poverty, sickness, drugs, prostitution, broken families, broken lives… They’re everywhere. Affluent countries do a better job of hiding them, but there is not a place on this planet that’s free from these pandemics.
In my opinion, the common denominator to all these problems and many more is men. Actually, it’s the lack of men that typically causes things to unravel. I’m not talking males; I’m talking men. There’s a difference. I’ve seen many suffering families with adult males still in them, but these aren’t men. They beat their wives and their children. They steal the family savings and gamble it away. They use their wife’s earnings to supply their drug or alcohol addiction. They sit on the couch all day long and watch t.v. while the family starves. They’re not men – just male.
Without taking any responsibility off of them, I think we need to acknowledge that men are under attack. The Enemy (Satan, the devil, Lucifer, the Deceiver, Beelzebub…) wants to take out the man, and he spends a disproportionate amount of time on making it happen. In fact, I would propose that when Satan wants to attack the woman, he typically does it through a man in her life.
So, why would the Enemy focus so much attention on men? Because they are strategic. They are most often the leaders in the community, in the workplace and in the home. Take out the leader, and you create confusion for those he leads. But it’s more than that. The man typically has the most power – physically and financially. Take out the man, and you incapacitate the family. But it’s more than that. Most children get their first ideas about God the Father from their earthly fathers. Take out the earthly father, and you cast a shadow over the heavenly Father.
Men, my message is for us. We’ve got to stop taking the Enemy’s bait. We’ve got to recognize his tactics for what they are. We’ve got to stop giving our lives to things that are not worth our attention. God has entrusted us with leadership in our families and often in our communities and in our workplaces. While we may not be able to save the world, we can make a difference in whatever God has entrusted us with.