President Roosevelt gave a directive to build the Panama Canal in an effort to improve the rate of commerce. Thousands were employed for the job. While progress was being made, it was not at the rate he had intended, so he looked into the matter and was appalled at what he discovered.
The project lacked efficiency because the living conditions of the men were so deplorable that deadly malaria was sweeping the camp killing the workers. He realized that more men were dying trying to build the canal than soldiers were dying in the war.
Roosevelt redirected his efforts to improve the environment and surroundings for the men in Panama. They stopped working on the canal and cleaned the streets, rerouted sewers, cut the grass and installed hanging mosquito nets in the sleeping quarters. These reformations abolished malaria, and work on the canal began again without the hindrance of sickness and death. The men were able to focus on the goal set before them and they completed the Panama Canal in record time.
This is similar to what has manifested in the Church. We were given a mandate from God, a Great Commission, to “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel.” We were commanded to build a canal that would allow God’s love and the message of salvation to flow to unsaved humanity. While we have been busy “having church” there has been a plague in the land that we have failed to realize. The spiritual condition of men is unacceptable. The reason for their condition is because they do not have a spiritual father to mentor and disciple them. The attributes of Christ are not being formed in men, so consequently, the laborer, the man, has not done his part to further the move of God in this hour.
I believe God has been so tired of losing men to mediocrity that He dropped a revelation into a few men’s hearts and declared that it is time to defeat the disease. What we must do is stop, re-evaluate the
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condition of men and deal with the problem of the missing link so
we can open the floodgates to the power of a spiritual canal and accomplish God’s plan to win back his Man!
As we focus our efforts on restoring men and lining up the family in God’s intended order for victory, we create a canal of spiritual maturity that allows the anointing to flow more effectively and efficiently. “Let all things be done decently and in order.” This restoration of order will open up the floodgates of God’s blessings so that we can take the world for Jesus.
Churches often choose to meet members’ needs by implementing programs for special interest groups. There’s women’s ministry, youth ministry, children’s ministry, marital counseling programs, and so forth. All of these ministries are beneficial, but have we first gone straight to the head? Since men are given the commandment to be the shepherd of their home and they are held accountable to oversee and care for their wife and children, doesn’t it make sense to focus our efforts on maturing and developing Christlike men?
Perhaps as much as 60% of church programs wouldn’t be needed if men were taking care of their homes. We could do the “God things,” not just “good things.”
All groups can be “fixed” by focusing on one group. Godly men can minister to the needs of others once they understand their mandate from God. A Christlike man who guides, guards and governs his household with Godly wisdom will minister to the needs of his family far more effectively than any church program.
MEN NEED A FATHER
An astounding 61% of the households in America today are fatherless! How damaging it is to have a nation full of “absentee fathers!”
• 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes.
(Source: U.S. D.H.H.S. Bureau of the Census)
• 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes. (Source: U.S. D.H.H.S. Bureau of the Census)
• 85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes. (Source: Center for Disease control)
• 80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes. (Source: Criminal Justice & Behavior, Vol. 14, p. 403-26, 1978)
• 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes.
(Source: National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools)
• 75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes. (Rainbows for all God’s Children)
• 70% of juveniles in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes. (Source: U.S. Dept. of Justice, Special Rpt., Sept. 1998)
• 85% of all youths sitting in prisons grew up in a fatherless home.
(Source: Fulton Co. Georgia jail populations, Texas Dept. of Corrections, 1992)
In the homes that do have fathers, one statistic I read said the average American father gives only thirty-five seconds of his undivided attention to his children each day. Yet in the Bible we read that in the last days God will “turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to the fathers.” How can this be in such a fatherless nation? In this hour, God is calling men to rise up as spiritual fathers and instruct other men in the Word through relationship and accountability.
If the guidance and support of a father plays such an important role in our ability to function in the world, how much more do we need a man of God to train us up in spiritual things? Ideally, our natural fathers would have modeled Christ for us and been the one to raise us up in the ways of the Lord, but most of us did not have that example growing up.
Even if we did have a father in the home, we most likely did not see him love our mother as Christ loves the Church, and we probably did not see an example of a laborer in the move of God. Our idea of manhood was likely distorted by our father’s example and our mind was conditioned to base our masculinity on the world’s standards, which directly oppose God’s definition of a man. “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” As men, we must replace ungodly thought patterns about our role as men, with the truth of God’s Word.
“For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteous
ness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that full of age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
We shouldn’t have to re-teach the basics because fathers should have taught us the Word while we were growing up and held us accountable so that our generation could have built upon the advances they made. Instead, God’s original plan for the man, the priest of his home, to train his sons to be Christlike, has not been carried out in the home…until now.
God is calling pastors to do more for men than preach from the pulpit. We are to birth spiritual sons. “I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you. For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.”
A teacher prepares a lesson, teaches the material and then leaves it up to the student to make use of that teaching. A father, however, wants to know you understand what has been taught because he has a personal interest and desire to see you succeed. Fathers model success. They do not just teach about love, they live it. More is caught than taught. They know their sons and care about them and children are motivated by the confidence their father has in them. It is not enough to teach the Word to men. We have to father them through the Gospel as Paul did.