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Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2010 11:58:31 -0700 (PDT)
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We Need Men to Be Men
 by Roger Rush

Television can be really irritating, especially if you
are a man. Men are typically portrayed as bungling
idiots who are delivered weekly from the brink of
disaster by a thoughtful, intelligent, and caring

I am hard pressed to think of one show where a strong,
intelligent, and caring man is portrayed in a family
setting. If a man is thus depicted on TV, he is usually
a homosexual. I know it's only television, but I also
know the power of TV.

I'm ready to bring Ward Cleaver and Jim Anderson back
into our family rooms. They were much better examples
than Homer Simpson and Ray Romano. They were strong,
intelligent, and God-fearing.

They represented the ideal in fatherhood. Many of us
from that generation were fortunate to have fathers
like them. Today's generation desperately needs that
kind of role model again.

We need men who love their families. Paul challenged
husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the church
(Ephesians 5:25). A real man will not permit work or
hobbies to come before God and family.

We need men who will lead their homes. Many women find
themselves placed in a leadership role because their
husbands have abdicated their leadership position.
Again, the Scriptures demand, "Wives, submit yourselves
unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord” 
(Colossians 3:18).

But, it's hard to submit when the man of the house is
still a boy! I always remind newlyweds that this
headship does not mean that a man is his wife's
oppressor and she his servant. Instead, he is her
protector, and she is his helper!

We need men who will take an active role in child
rearing. It is not by accident that fathers are warned:
"... provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up
in the nurture and admonition of the Lord" (Ephesians

The Divine plan for the family demands an active role
for fathers. This is a privilege and not simply a duty.

We need men who will provide a spiritual foundation for
the home. God said of Abraham: "For I know him, that he
will command his children and his household after him,
and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice
and judgment" (Genesis 18:19).

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