Watching some of the many nature programs on television these days that idolatrously exalt non-sentient “mother nature” as the source cause of behavior programming in things that live on earth, I have come to appreciate and glorify the living God as a faithful Christian all the more for “His handiwork” in all of His creation (Psalm 19:1, NKJV)! That handiwork includes His programming right down into the DNA of every living thing on earth. God’s will expressed from the beginning is that every living thing reproduce itself (Genesis 1:11-13, 20-31). It is so. God also programmed His reproducing creatures to act instinctively out of observable and definable roles and responsibilities.
So, for example, science has observed that certain penguins mate for life with the male and female each carrying out their separate duties while both go to get food for their offspring. How did the penguin parents know to do this and who told them they had to? Nobody; it is programmed in their genetic make up to provide food for their offspring! Human beings also have parental instincts programmed in us by God, but the difference between us and the animals is we have been given the freewill to override His genetic programming in sin and willfully rebel against His express commandments and instructions to our detriment as write I in this edited 2011 Commentary.
Originally Published October 2011
Who said it is the man and husband of the family that is responsible to provide for them? God, the Creator of man has modeled and taught so in His Word! But now, near the end of this world as we know it, many are rebelling against the instructions of God for the order of the family including a rising number of professed Christians. They treat the Bible as dated, but the declarations of worldly government officials and science worshipping professionals as sacred. They are more concerned about the world's approval than God's. As a result, their homes are as confused as those of the ungodly. Meanwhile, the wrath of the Bible's God looms on the horizon to destroy our nation and world.
In my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics,1 I am led of the Lord to address the 21st century confusion on male and female roles and their responsibilities in the family. It is not a pretty picture and statistics in the book bear this out. In arrogance, sinful humanity moved by various motivations, but primarily secular humanism, feminism and sexual perversion, have sought to re-define men, women and the family. It is of pure arrogance because in anybody’s worldview, how can you improve upon perfection? God's design presented in His Word is perfect because He is the Perfect One! But these unjust gods would usurp the Almighty and create their own world (Psalm 82).
Let every professed Christian be reminded it is not the roles and responsibilities of men and women that are flawed as God designed, it is we ourselves as sinners. God has already given a helpful fix for our problem in the cross of His Son, Jesus Christ, and new birth through the Holy Spirit. Even in this we are not yet perfected on this side of Heaven. So, in great zeal to please God and do His will we intentionally labor daily in the strength He supplies to live out the roles He has assigned us. The outcome should be that every Christian man, woman and family renders a far superior portrait of God's perfect design than any of the world to His glory (Matthew 5:14-16)!2
In God's design a man is the lead provider in the family because he is so in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26a). God as the Head and Father of Adam initiated his existence and immediately provided for his needs (Genesis 2:7-10). He provided a comfortable environment and shelter, food, beauty, water as well as His up close and personal presence for relationship. Though everything grew of itself, God still made Adam Eden’s caretaker providing Him with responsible work (Genesis 2:15). After Adam fell in sin, God ordained that He should continue to work, but now, it would be harder as he would have to toil to make the earth yield its bounty (Genesis 3:17-19).
In the image and likeness of God a man as the head and father of his family works to provide for them. From Adam, men have worked to provide for their families whether it was building shelter, digging wells, farming, fishing, hunting etc. and then returned home to provide themselves. God also designed men to in general be bigger and stronger than women in order to help fulfill their historically demanding physical assignment as a provider. Indeed, the apostle Paul writes the command, "If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat," (2 Thessalonians 3:10, NKJV). Able-bodied men that sit at home idle while their wives work sin against the Lord despising His order and assignment.
The transition from an economy that was agrarian and agriculture based to one that is city, industrial and now technology driven over the past 200 hundred years has certainly been influential in giving men and women a greater diversity of work opportunities. However, God's design of their roles remains the same. Men have the lead responsibility to provide for their families. God will not be mocked nor will He allow His Word to be discarded without more than natural consequences to those who defiantly insist on destroying His design of male and female roles and their responsibilities.
Truly, the state of our economy and lack of work today is another of the many warning judgments from the Lord intended to be remedial and cause our nation to turn back to Him.3 All of our leaders in and outside of the churches need to consider the nation's greatness to this point was never a matter of so-called “exceptionalism” procured by our own wisdom and might. No, but as the song says, "God shed His grace on thee."4 Therefore, the word of the Lord to our nation is repent lest He pour out on the land the wrath that is deserved even before the time (Jeremiah 25:29-33; Luke 12:47-48)! The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, "Who is on the Lord's side?"
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2 Assembled together as God’s house in local churches (Hebrews 3:1-6), the portrait of His perfect design of the family is supposed to be affirmed, not obliterated as is
taking place in clear rebellion with the world against God among many churches. Don’t these folks understand the immutable God never has and never will reward un-
faithfulness considering it blasphemy or rebellion (Ezekiel 20:27; Hebrews 3:7-19)?
3 This was originally written during the economic downturn that had begun in 2008. All such downturns should serve not only as reminders of how precarious human
economies are at any given moment, but for us to also realize it is not a sound idea to purposely offend God upon whom upturns and sustained prosperity depend
4 Words are from the patriotic song, America The Beautiful, written first as a poem by Katharine Lee Bates in 1895 according to Wikipedia.
I had hit a brick wall in early 1986 attempting to write what was supposed to be a spiritual interpretation of the first of several planned black historical fact segments for a radio program this Ministry was airing and abandoned the effort titled, From Slavery To Victory: One Man’s Journey. As I wrote in a 1995 Op-ed distributed nationally by Religion News Service, “I retreated to determined prayer and Bible study.” I asked God why and as I learned, the sovereign God who is a Participant in and trustworthy Witness of human affairs, really will give wisdom and understanding to His people that but ask (Psalm 33:10-15; Proverbs 2:1-9; Luke 11:9-13; 1 Corinthians 2:6-16; James 1:5)!
In my child-like faith over the next seven years, little by little the Lord not only gave me an understanding of the major facts of black history from a biblical worldview, but also led me back to pen and paper to write then finally, produce the just under one hour From Slavery To Victory: One Man’s Journey Radio Special.4 In the docu-drama, the Lord uses me as He did Ezekiel, the exemplary prototype of my gifting and ministry, to communicate through narration, dramatic sound effects and music the major facts and biblically grounded understanding of the historic black American experience along with a prophetic warning against rejecting it (Ezekiel 4-5, 33:1-9).
The Word of God that undergirds the Lord’s instruction and my understanding of His involvement in the history of black Americans is so obviously strewn about the entire Bible the question begged to be asked, so I asked, “Why don’t we all see it?” Tragically, it is because the vast majority of black Americans to include many professed Christians have chosen--some out of fresh wounds--to be victims and see our experience entirely from that perspective. However, Psalm 107 is one of the many Bible passages that clearly show God behind the deliverances of suffering men brought about by natural circumstances and calamities that befall them as judgment from Him.
The Psalmist urges men delivered out of both natural situations of distress and those brought about through divine judgment to “give thanks to the Lord for His goodness and for His wonderful works to the children of men,” (Psalm 107:8, 15, 21, 31, NKJV). Among the natural distresses in Psalm 107 are homeless folk faint in wilderness wandering (vs.4-9), mariners facing the challenges of an angry sea (vs. 23-32) and the hungry from parched land (vs. 35-38). God’s works of judgment are seen upon men in shackles (vs. 10-16), stubborn transgressors near death (vs. 17-22), the wicked in a fruitful land made barren (vs. 33-34) and in His contempt on oppressive rulers (vs. 39-41).5
Surely, black Americans that will be honest see our historical experience in Psalm 107:10-16! The reason the men pictured in this passage are sitting “in darkness” “and the shadow of death, bound in affliction and irons” is “because they rebelled against the words of God and despised the counsel of the Most High,” (vs. 10-11, NKJV). But someone will ask, “when did West Africans receive the ‘words of God’ to rebel against them prior to the arrival of the Europeans in the 14th century AD?” Did they not begin to hear the “words of God” in warnings passed down to them from our forefather, Ham, son of Noah, in the day of wrath through the global flood (Genesis 6:9-13, 9:1-19, 10:6-20)?
Did not the Good News of Jesus Christ crucified, buried and risen to save men from our sins travel naturally throughout all of the ancient trading caravans and intentionally by way of His apostles and disciples of that first century AD (Mark 15:21; Acts 2:1-16, 8:1-8, 26-40)? The apostle Paul also preached that neither prior to that time nor after has God left “Himself without witness,” (Acts 14:8-18, NKJV). He later boldly asserts, however, that wrath is again upon men who “are without excuse” because they willfully refuse to give heed to all of the various ways God has testified to them over the centuries to this hour (Romans 1:18-32, NKJV). The West African arrival of European missionaries to preach a largely rejected Gospel was the last chance for our forefathers (Psalm 107:12).
The From Slavery To Victory: One Man’s Journey Radio Special that first aired in the Dallas, TX, radio market during Black History Month 1993, became the flagship program piece in the full on FSTVEP launched Juneteenth 1994 to widely proclaim the biblical worldview of the black American experience as of God not only in the judgment of bondage, but freedom (Psalm 107:13-16)! For truly, rather than painful bondage, the Lord would have been within His sovereign right to destroy us, but instead, in His mercy and (plainly with hope) plans for us, spared our people!6 The redeemed of the Lord; the righteous in wisdom “see” and “rejoice” over “these things” understood (Psalm 107:42-43, NKJV). Failure to see from “God’s eye view” has brought forth disastrous consequences to many.7
4 I am eternally grateful to the then Vice President of the Southern Baptist Radio and Television Commission in Fort Worth, TX, Ed Malone, and the team of producers
under him that gave guidance and technical assistance to me in producing the Radio Special.
5 Let all that would oppress and afflict others be fully warned! Or, what was the American Civil War but divine contempt for the Southern oppression and affliction of my
slave forefathers; worldwide condemnation of the brutally violent reaction to the peaceful, nonviolent protests of slave descendants nearly a hundred years later still
seeking complete, unimpeded and tangible freedom from a professed Christian nation?
6 Click through The Journey on the FSTVEP Web Site for a more thorough presentation of the biblical worldview of the black American experience. Also, read the
February 26-March 19, 2017 four-part series, God Of Restoration And Judgment, under multiple categories.
7 In spite of the consequences of rejecting a biblical worldview of our experience by many to date, there is still hope and help the FSTVEP offers for the willing to pur-
posely include our men who are God’s chosen leaders beginning in the home. The strong man of God cause to restore men and my book, The Strong Man Of God:
Back To Basics have their origin in the FSTVEP. The book is available at all major internet booksellers, by order at your favorite brick and mortar bookstore or in the
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