5 Things as the Summer Begins

1. We are back from vacation and ready to get on with the summer.  It was not a normal kind of vacation as we traveled some and stayed home some, but the trips were varied.  Julie and I spend Memorial Day with our girls and some of Holley’s friends at the lake.  We had a great time with them as they started their summer .  Then we came home for a couple of days before going to Abilene for my parent’s 50th Wedding anniversary celebration.  Then back home for a couple of days before going to Austin for Juile’s parent’s 50th Wedding anniversary celebration.  That’s right, our parents were married one week apart 50 years ago.  What a great legacy they have given us.

2. We went to Richland-Chambers Lake near Corsicana for Memorial Day.  That’s a nice lake, the 3rd largest in Texas, with great open water and only a few boats.  The boats were limited because the lake is 6 feet low and many of the boat docks were out of the water.  In fact, there was only one boat ramp still in the water.  We may not see it as much here in the Houston area, but much of Texas is still in moderate and severe drought conditions.  Lord, send rain.

3. I have come to a realization about how a marriage could last for 50 years.  I shared this with my parents and they agreed.  The secret to a long lasting and happy marriage is simple: Have perfect children.  :))))

4. ETC Student Camp is only 2 WEEKS AWAY!  This is going to be a great week as we find HOPE in the Lord.  I can’t wait to see all that the Lord will do through Aaron Wagner leading worship and Gary Witherall preaching and ministering God’s word. 

5. My hope this summer is to enjoy the summer.  It seems that often we get so caught up in the events that come, one after another, that we lose the joy of the summer.  I’m determined to get all my work done and still take time to relax and enjoy the beautiful summer weather.  That means some time on the lake with the kids, on the course with my clubs and taking walks with the love of my life.  It’s June 10, no time to waste waiting on the good days to come.

Equality does not Equal Sameness

Preaching from the book of Ruth this month and yesterday’s message on chapter 2 put me right in the middle of much of what we have talked about in Men’s Fraternity.  There is a real need today for Authentic/Real/Godly Men.  We live in a culture that is becoming increasingly feminized and one that wants to pretend there is no difference between men and women.  The battle for equality has become a movement toward sameness.  That is, men and women are the same, interchangeable parts.  This movement denies the creation narrative and denies what we know intrinsically about life.  We are not the same.  We are created to be different.  We have different bodies, different personalities and different roles as defined by God.

The worst part of the movement to sameness is that it robs men of what makes them men and it robs women of what makes them women.  The effort to make us all the same has not aided society, it has robbed us of the very differences that make us each so special.

Sameness is why some think it a good idea to put women on the front lines in war.  This idea robs men of the privilege of being the protector of women.  Protection is a God given role to men.  And for the life of me I can’t understand what is so demeaning about wanting to protect a woman from the horrors of war.  It is not devaluing a woman to deny her this burden.  Rather, by protection her I am showing that I value her greatly.  Isn’t that what I do to the things I value, I protect them?

Sameness is at the core of the heterosexual support for the gay “marriage” movement.  It follows naturally that I have to believe that if we are all the same then it does not matter if a man and a woman, two men or two women marry.  The tragic result of this has been the devaluing of what God has to say about manhood and womanhood.  The Genesis narrative now holds no sway because it is looked at as antiquated, out of date.

The same view of Genesis is held by many Christians who hold to the sameness view when the talk about marriage between a a man and a woman.  They say we are all equal (which means to them “the same”) and so a marriage is a partnership between two people under the direction of God.  These believers put forth the concept of eternal compromise between husband and wife as the highest value, equality as the measure of success in a marriage, and partnership as the main description of marriage.  It doesn’t take a genius to see how these terms have now become popular among those who advocate gay “marriage” and those who see no sense in marriage, preferring to live together without marriage often using the term “partner.”

Biblical marriage is described as a man and a woman entering into a covenant with one another desiring to be obedient to the Lord while maintaining fidelity to the roles given to the husband and wife by God.  The main goal of this marriage is oneness, where the husband takes leadership by loving and serving his wife as Christ did the church and the wife willingly submits to her husband “as to the Lord” (Eph 5:22).  Recognizing our differences isn’t demeaning to one or the other, it is honoring to see that God has given us certain gifts that are required to enjoy the full beauty of life.