BEING THE HEAD
"For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior."
Tim Liston, a local pastor, recently preached a series of sermons he called, “The MAN Series.” It was pretty interesting. In one message he mentioned another Christian pastor who took lists from a book called, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by John Gray. I haven't read the book, but probably some of you have. Anyway, the Men are from Mars . . . book has a list of characteristics that apply to women -- this is what women are like -- and a list of characteristics that apply to men -- this is what men are like. The pastor presented them to a group of people without their headings and asked them which list best matched the character of a Christian. The overwhelming majority of people picked the woman's list as the "most Christian." Okay . . . but the Scripture is quite clear that God doesn't take men, save them, and then turn them into women. God made men to be men! So that is something to think about!
Consider the men God used as leaders in the Old Testament. And think about the men Jesus called to follow Him and to be His apostles. There weren't any girlie men among 'em.
There is just one thing I would like to add to the discussion and it is this . . . some men seem to misunderstand what this means. Listen, when God made a husband the head of his wife He didn't mean the ruler; He meant the leader. And Christ Himself is the example. I have said many times that the smallest unit in the church is the family, the household; and that the father in that family is its pastor, its shepherd. His job is to provide for his family, to protect them, and to lead them in all things spiritual. He is responsible and accountable to God for meeting the needs of his family and that includes getting them to church, teaching them the Word, leading them in prayer, and planting seeds of faith in their hearts. He should be the clearest example his children ever see of what it means to be a Christ follower. And when somebody needs to stand up for what is right, he should be the first man on his feet. That's a manly man!
--- Pastor Keith Andrews