Saturday, June 11, 2011
The Firstborn Son, "men at the city gates"!
Do you remember the old African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child"? Even in my parents' era of raising children as recent as the 1960s to 1980s, there was good trust in the motives of their neighbors' value systems and intentions. How is that working for you today? Think about it further. Are parents even comfortable uttering the old African proverb? We are generally the same people and have chosen the same neighborhoods to raise our kids with similar value systems or else we would be living worlds apart, right? I am afraid not.
Firstborn son and gentleman in general, our society and culture is content with us being passive in responding to our responsibilities. It plays right into the hands of the culture and worldly, as opposed to godly, desires if we are reactive rather than proactive. God has put you in this blessed role, firstborn son, to rise to the occasion and do something great. He has designed you to overachieve on the responsibility He has given you. Take the challenge and go on the offensive rather than defensive response when it comes to saving or redeeming our family, home, culture, and society. We are ―the men at the city gate. We ward off and defend against anything that threatens and seeks to destroy our society. The men at the city gate signify stability for our communities and society. The men at the city gate observe and know everyone that belongs within and those that don‘t. The men at the city gate are prepared to confront those elements that threaten to destroy us and do not belong within our walls. Because the men at the city gate rise to the occasion righteously, our society finds godly peace and rest (1 Timothy 2:1-4).
Here is a link to an article that raises awareness of a need to protect our daughters, sisters, wives, and mothers. How will you respond? http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/43081000/ns/today-today_health/