Monday, April 03, 2006
Burn the Ships: why pile on the load?
Yes, we men are selfish and it is easy for us men to be self consumed but I don't think the problem of men today is the lack of commitment or enough sense of duty.
I think the problem of American fatherhood is that we are thrown into a rut from school on and everywhere we turn, we just get piled on more duties. That is, we are:
- trained to follow willingingly (the purpose of school and college)
- become an employee and continue to follow willingingly
- get in debt for cars and homes and other junk and turn into slaves (Prov 22:7)
- to stay at the job, one has to spend extra hours at work
- after being spent by the job, it's hard to have room for children and wife, especially if she's nagging about this or that
- civic responsibilities everything from national to local politics and even HOA for some folks.
- church is more of the same: follow the leaders (pastors and teachers), and do more for the church.
Jesus Christ had a different approach. He said:
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matt 11:28-30Note that in His time, the religious leaders were piling on the rules, the Romans had their taxation and their political thumb screws and I'm sure at home the wives weren't a happy lot either. Jesus in contrast offers us renewal, freedom and a life of empowerment:
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10And what is this life that Jesus promised? Life of empowerment is what I believe He had in mind rather than life of more duties. What exactly is this life is what I hope to explore in my blog over time. Stay tuned!