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The Image of Man
The Image of Man
Look around in today's society at what image is portrayed of man. Not "man" meaning mankind, but man, the guy, the father, the husband. What image is being portrayed? We see men portrayed as the goof ball in the family, nothing but the cut-up man for the straight guy played by the wife or the kids. He never seems to have the right answer and always is in the dark about what is really going on. Gone are the days of Father Knows Best, Ward Beaver, and Andy Griffith where the men were respected by their children, allowed to lead by their wife and were seen as a someone to turn to when life just seemed hard. They had wisdom and compassion. Not any more.
But why is that? Why has the TV industry and Hollywood tried to make the father/husband out to be such a clown today? They portray him as out of touch with reality and with life. No longer do the children ask Dad for advice, after all, all he knows is sports, beer, and women. Mom's really in charge now. We see it in the shows we watch, in the movies that are made and even in the jokes we guys tell each other (who hasn't heard the man say to "ask the boss" and talk about who has the check book all the time).
God never intended man to be portrayed in this image. In fact the Bible says "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." (Genesis 1:27 NIV) This is not to say that we are like God, but we are made in his image. God's image is not one of a clown, and neither should a man's image be (women either for that matter).
God also gave man responsibilities. "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless." (Ephesians 5:25-27 NIV) Jesus, our savior, Lord and example, gave up all of Heaven for His bride, the church. He lived His life in the way we are suppose to live and gave His very blood to wash us and make us clean, without spot of wrinkle. Husbands are to be that example to their wife, to give his all, to the point of even dying to himself so that he may present his earthly wife presentable to Christ.
Man also have responsibilities with their children. "Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." (Deuteronomy 11:18-19 NIV) A father is the spiritual compass for his children. Statistics have shown that a father committed to serving Jesus Christ has a greater influence on the children's decision that the mothers own commitment. Why is that? Because God has made the father the head of the household. He is the spiritual leader of the house and it shows in the affect he has on his children.
What image are you portraying men? When the world looks at you could they take your life and put it in a sitcom? Would anyone be able to see a difference between you and the other guy from TV? What about your children? What are they learning about Christ in your daily living? Do they see a man that they respect, look up to and love, or do they just see another Al Bundy or Homer Simpson?