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A world in need of kingdom men: Happy father’s day, By Ayo Akerele

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A world in need of kingdom men: Happy father’s day, By Ayo Akerele
No nation can be greater than the quality of its men. No marriage can be stronge...

No nation can be greater than the quality of its men

No marriage can be stronger than the quality of the husbands

When fathers fail, nations fail

When husbands fail, marriages fail

Fathers shape values faster and stronger in children and societies than any other method

Real men who are not in the business of eating sour grapes are now needed in our society

These are kingdom men

Men who are truly saved

Men who carry the spirit of excellence and the touches of grace

“For I looked, and there was no MAN

I looked among them, but there was no counselor.” – Isaiah 41:28 Hitler’s Cycle of Evil is a movie I would excitedly recommend to every man who is passionately interested in understanding how the warped minds of a “few evil men” can shape the destiny of nations

These men were the evil allies of Hitler, sycophants and power-hungry subordinates and advisers, whose propaganda, strategies, counsels, and machinations enabled Hitler to foment a war that killed more than fifty million people

When evil men unite, destinies are ruined

When good men unite, destinies are transformed

God is always looking for men, not just for males

Males are not scarce

Men are scarce

The greatest need of godly women are not males, but godly men

The greatest need of our nations are not males, but godly men

It will interest you to know that most of the troubles and tensions facing the world today are caused by men, and likewise, most of the ingenuity, creativity, and technological innovations on planet earth today are birthed by men

No nation can be greater than the quality of its men

It is instructive to glean wisdom from the account of the fall of Adam in the book of Genesis

After Adam sinned against God by eating of the forbidden tree, the voice of God echoed through the garden of Eden in the following words: “Adam, Where Are You?” (Genesis 3:9)

Please keep in mind that God was the one who planted Adam in the garden

So, Adam was essentially living in God’s territory; God’s house

By implication, God could not have been searching for Adam’s geographic location, right inside His own house

Let me make it simple for you: “Adam where are you?” does not speak to “location” but to “positioning.” God was essentially asking Adam the question God has inspired me to ask men today: “Where are you

Where do you stand

Are you a male or a man

Do you know what it takes to be a man, a kingdom man, for that matter

Where do you stand in truth

Where do you stand in raising a godly family

Where do you stand in modelling the right values to your children

Men, Where Are You

Manhood speaks to purposefulness

Manhood speaks to taking responsibility

Manhood speaks to maturity

Manhood speaks to integrity

Manhood speaks to strategic thinking — being driven by the desire to not just impact your current generation, but to also preserve the next generation

But here is the sad thing about the life of Adam, which is also reminiscent of today’s culture

At a critical time when God needed Adam to be a man over his home, he failed God, his generation, and the entire world, very woefully

Thankfully, it took the last Adam, the Lord Jesus to fix the problems created by the first Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45)

The Bible, to which I subscribe, and which shapes my thoughts and values more than anything else, is very sacrosanct about the role of men in virtually every stratum of life and in nation-building

Men are leaders at home, leaders in the church, and leaders in government

For every home that failed in the scriptures, God held the men accountable for the failure

Such was the example of Eli, who was judged and disciplined by God in 1 Samuel 2 for being an enabler in the criminal acts of his children

The United States Census Bureau recently reported that the absence of the father in homes is the single most important cause of poverty and crime in the United States

In fact, Robert Rector, in one of his scholarly findings, stretched this further when he said: “Problems with children from fatherless families can continue into adulthood with these children being three times more likely to end up in jail by the time they reach age 30 than children raised in intact families”

Dr Tony Evans, an American Bible teacher, recently visited a prison facility in a US state

He gathered some of the inmates together and asked them a fundamental question: “How many of you grew up without your fathers?” To his amazement, 90% of the men raised up their hands

Sadly, culture has taken up the task of demoting and diminishing the strategic roles and functions of men and fathers in society

Karl Marx was an historian who pioneered the socialist movement in Europe and across the globe

One of Karl Marx’s motives for entrenching socialism in the politics of Western nations was the elimination of the bibliocentric leadership roles of men in marriages

Marx advanced this cause publicly, advocating for the dissolution of the bibliocentric marriage structure that positioned the man as the head of a marriage unit

According to Marx, the freer the wife and the children are from men’s control, the freer and healthier the society will be

In other words, men and fathers were perceived from a socialist’s worldview as major obstacles to the advancement of the cause of freedom and equality in a modern society

The negative effect of Marx’s satanic ideology on Western civilisation, till date, remains significant, sadly

In fact, a famous historian has jokingly said, “Marx is still ruling from the grave.” The Bible, to which I subscribe, and which shapes my thoughts and values more than anything else, is very sacrosanct about the role of men in virtually every stratum of life and in nation-building

Men are leaders at home, leaders in the church, and leaders in government

For every home that failed in the scriptures, God held the men accountable for the failure

Such was the example of Eli, who was judged and disciplined by God in 1 Samuel 2 for being an enabler in the criminal acts of his children

Where was Mrs Eli

The roles of fathers are strategic, and the consequences of their actions and inactions are not just generational, but trans-generational

At the moment, we live in a world that is constantly shaped by controversial worldviews, such as feminism, universalism, socialism, humanism, and pragmatism, to mention a few – all of which have led to the production of fathers who are constantly setting the teeth of their children on edge because of the sour grapes they have continued to eat (Ezekiel 18:2)

Similarly, for every nation that failed in the scriptures, God held the men (fathers) accountable

Such was God’s judgement on several kings of Israel, such as Ahab and Saul — both of whom were held accountable by God for the failure of their nations

Where were their wives

When King David fell into adultery with Bathsheba, it was David that bore the consequences

In fact, it was the teaching and manuscripts from divinely selected men that formed the basis for the canonisation of most of the Bible

In other words, the divine providence of God allowed most of the books of the Bible to be written by men, and ultimately included the canon of scriptures

These speak volumes

The roles of fathers are strategic, and the consequences of their actions and inactions are not just generational, but trans-generational

At the moment, we live in a world that is constantly shaped by controversial worldviews, such as feminism, universalism, socialism, humanism, and pragmatism, to mention a few – all of which have led to the production of fathers who are constantly setting the teeth of their children on edge because of the sour grapes they have continued to eat (Ezekiel 18:2)

As a man: You are eating sour grapes when, rather than building values for your children, you are solely building wealth

You forget that the real wealth to leave for your children are values

You are eating sour grapes as a father when, rather than showing your children how to take care of a woman by loving and caring for her, all you do is to load her with physical and mental punches

You forget that as you punch their mums on the face, you are raising children who will not just punch their wives, but could also shoot them

You are eating sour grapes as a father when, rather than training your children to walk in the fear of God by speaking the truth, all your children see you do is telling lies to them and to their mothers

You are eating sour grapes as a father when, rather than working hard to show your children the virtues of hard work, you are cutting corners and modelling crookedness to your children

No nation can be greater than the quality of its men

No marriage can be stronger than the quality of the husbands

When fathers fail, nations fail

When husbands fail, marriages fail

Fathers shape values faster and stronger in children and societies than any other method

Real men who are not in the business of eating sour grapes are now needed in our society

These are kingdom men

Men who are truly saved

Men who carry the spirit of excellence and the touches of grace

Men who are more concerned with leaving values for their children than leaving houses and cars

Men who will not just be men because they wear trousers but will be men and fathers because they mirror and model Christ-like values and virtues in their homes and in the larger society

Father in the name of Jesus, please raise kingdom men for your daughters as husbands, for our nations as politicians, and for our churches as pastors

Happy Father’s Day Ayo Akerele, a leadership and system development strategist, and minister of the word, writes from Canada and can be reached through [email protected].

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