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#PRAY127 10.12.20

If you take your cues from the culture, it’s no wonder we’re confused. In days gone by, it was the educated class, the elites, the nobles, the scribes, and the religious priests – these are the ones who set the tone for how living occurs in a particular nation at a particular time. It took time to shift a culture, mostly because mobilization wasn’t aided by modern technologies.

But in the instant age of social media and Venmo and Amazon, where things move digitally in just a day (I mean, how many products are available for free 1-day shipping with Prime?), the culture shifts happen rapidly. Couple this with the devaluing of religious relevance and especially monotheism (the idea that there is only one way to God), and you see how the elites could persuade the masses to make the shift quickly.

It’s no question our elites are more Lady Gaga than Luther, more Kardashian than Calvin.

How did the shift happen? Al Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, notes the rapid reversal of cultural acceptance on human sexuality (including gender identity) in the 2nd decade of the 21st century and puts it this way:

“The first thing [that happens is that] what was condemned must be celebrated. The second is that what was celebrated must now be condemned. And thirdly, those who will not join in the celebration will be condemned.”

This brings me to our #PRAY127 request for today. It used to be in the United States that a man’s noble task of working hard and providing for his family, both materially and spiritually, was a virtue. Today, a man trying to live out biblical values of faith and family is so foreign and absurd to the cultural elites that anyone who does not openly mock such a conviction should be immediately “cancelled.”

The reality is that most men, apart from the regenerative work of the Holy Spirit in their lives, have already jettisoned biblical masculinity in favor of cultural masculinity. With such a strong cancel culture among the elites – who convince the rest to fall in line or else – men have found it even easier to let women do the work God wants them to do. (By the way, this has nothing to do with whether or not women are given a fair shot in the work force – our biblical values tell us they should.)

So if women want to take over, what’s the big deal? Why not give men a pass?

In the prophet Hosea’s time, the northern tribe of Israel had embraced idolatry so forthrightly that their women “commit harlotry, and brides commit adultery” (Hosea 4:13). This was referring not just to running after foreign gods, but also participating in ritual prostitution. Yet how did God respond?

I will not punish your daughters when they commit harlotry, nor your brides when they commit adultery; For the men themselves go apart with harlots, and offer sacrifices with a ritual harlot.” – Hosea 4:14

You see who was held responsible? It was the men.

When a nation goes awry, when a community goes awry, when a home goes awry, it is the man who is responsible.

Of course this is not to say that women bear no burden. Only to say that God reserves a greater judgment for the men who failed to lead.

Leading is hard. But God has told men to do it with boldness, integrity, faithfulness, and trust. If you know a man who’s struggling to lead this morning, will you pray for him today? If you don’t know one, pick the one closest to you as he’s probably had his doubts recently. Please pray that men all over the United States and in the world will lead as God has intended – humbly, graciously, and in deference to others.

It will take courage to withstand the advances of the culture. But as Christians, we know this is nothing new, and with the power of the Holy Spirit, we stand as emboldened as ever.

“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” – Ephesians 6:13

Thank you for praying!

Jeff Ford, CEO
Isaiah 1:17

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