The Need for Godly Men

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Over the last several years, our society has become more corrupt, immoral, confused, and dangerous. At the same time, feminism has attacked the role of men in society, homosexuality and same-sex “marriage” have perverted the role of men in the home, and transgenderism is now seeking to normalize the idea of men ceasing to be men. This is not a coincidence. The result of men not being men, particularly godly men, has had a direct impact upon the deterioration of our society.

God instituted marriage in the beginning: “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). This marriage relationship is the building block of society. When marriage is disregarded by society – and with it the distinct roles that God has given men and women – that society will crumble.

A few generations after God created the first man and woman, society became so corrupt that “every intent of the thoughts of [man’s] heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). At that time, it was a godly man – Noah – who saved his family (Genesis 6:8-10, 18). The same can be done by godly men today – they can save their families and influence others for good.

However, too often men are absent from the home, uninterested in their responsibilities within the home, unprepared to fulfill their role, or are so immature that they act like and must be treated like children. Not only has this been detrimental to the homes of these men (or the homes where they belong), but society has also suffered as a result.

If more adult males would fulfill their roles as husbands, fathers, leaders, and workers, the less problems we would have in society.

  • Men who are husbands must fulfill their role as head of the household (Ephesians 5:23) – not doing so selfishly, but leading with a sacrificial love for his wife (Ephesians 5:25) and treating her with honor (1 Peter 3:7). In particular, men are to provide spiritual leadership in the home (cf. Joshua 24:15).
  • Men who are fathers must “bring…up [their] children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4), training them “in the way [they] should go” (Proverbs 22:6). They are to take the instructions found in God’s word and “teach them diligently” to their children (Deuteronomy 6:7).
  • Men who are Christians should grow to become spiritually mature (Hebrews 5:14) so they are able to teach others (Hebrews 5:12), encourage their brethren (1 Thessalonians 5:11), and help those who are weak (Galatians 6:1). Eventually, many of these men ought to be qualified to serve as elders and provide needed spiritual oversight in the local church (Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 13:17).
  • Men who are not Christians, while they can certainly make a positive impact upon society through their goodness, will do far more good by becoming the Lord’s disciples (Matthew 28:19-20). Jesus said, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). It is far better for our good deeds to influence others to turn to God rather than simply being an occasion for others to praise us for what we have done.
  • Men who are able-bodied must be “willing to work” in order to provide for themselves (2 Thessalonians 3:10) and their families (1 Timothy 5:8). They are to work so they will “not be a burden to any” (2 Thessalonians 3:8), rather than feeling as though they are entitled what they have not earned for themselves and expecting the civil authorities to provide for them from the earnings they have confiscated from others.
  • Men who are able should provide help to those who are in need (Galatians 6:10). This not only requires a selfless attitude of wanting to help others, but it also means they must be hardworking so that they will not only be able to provide for themselves (2 Thessalonians 3:10), but also “have something to share with one who has need” (Ephesians 4:28).
  • Men must “put away childish things” (1 Corinthians 13:11) and “act like men” (1 Corinthians 16:13) rather than retaining the immaturity of youth and refusing to accept the responsibilities that come with being a man.

As with everything, it is always better to do things God’s way instead of man’s way. Our society has drifted far from the principles of God’s word that many in previous generations had followed – at least in a general way. If our society is to be turned back from its current destructive course, we need more than just males – we need men, especially godly men, who will follow God and lead others to do the same.


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Comments

  1. Osvaldo Rivas says

    Dear brother, excellent article, let me tell you that I have been encourage with this words, because this is exactly what I’m teaching in the church where we are members. And this brings to me blessing because I’m sure Our Lord is guiding me to do his will. May the Almighthy God grant you many blessing.
    Sincerely and very respectfully:

    Osvaldo Rivas

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