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I’m the mom of two sons.  Aunt of twelve nephews.  Grandmother of four grandsons. Men matter to me.

I’ve lived in the presence of faithful men.  These men — my grandfathers, dad, husband, brother, brother-in-laws, friends — are all aware of their inadequacies.  They know they frustrate.  Disappoint.  Fail.  But, they also seek wisdom in God’s Word.  They find strength in the humility and servanthood of Christ.  Because of this, I trust these men with my life.

There are other men.  Abusive, undisciplined, selfish men.  Men who have never been taught God’s Word for their life or rejected it.  These men have no concept of chivalry.  Instead, they dominate.  Worship self.  Fall to evil rather than good.  I could not trust them.  The women in their lives don’t.

A Biblical man stands in contrast.   The man who knows God as the Creator of male and female persons appreciates woman as his helper, not his possession.   The man who knows that God came to walk among us recognizes Jesus’ high regard for women.   A man familiar with the Word knows he was not made in the image of animals, but in the image of God.  Though fallen from that perfect image, he has attributes and characteristics of his Maker.  He is capable of thinking out his actions, weighing the consequences, and controlling his behavior for the benefit of family and society.

A godly man recognizes the leadership style of Christ.  Jesus laid down His life for His bride, the Church (Eph. 5:25).  He accepted responsibility.  On earth, Jesus was tempted.  The devil came to Him.  Tried to play with His mind.  Tease the flesh.  Even quoted Scripture.  The devil went away, then returned to tempt again.  But, Jesus stood firm.  The Christian man knows he, too, will be tempted.  Over and over again.  There is struggle in this world.  Knowing the battle is for the souls of his children, a father holds tight the Sword of Truth.  He wields its Law and Gospel with proper discernment.  This is a man of hope.

The man who wants to make a positive difference helps reconnect earthly fatherhood with the heavenly model.  The Heavenly Father is neither passive nor preoccupied.  He does not abandon His creation, but is involved with and committed to His children.  The Heavenly Father brings order out of chaos.  Sees male and female as equals, but delights in their differences.  Does not mentor girls in the same way as boys.   Sets boundaries for the protection of those He loves.  Explains the consequences of every choice — good or bad.  Pursues the lost.  Knows the desperate.  Welcomes all to lay the burden of every sin at the foot of His Son’s Cross.  Forgives.  His mercy in Jesus Christ is new every morning.

So, on Father’s Day — and with appreciation for faithful men — I promise my help.  My encouragement.  My supporting role as a rib.  Faithful men are needed by women.  Wives.  Sons.  Daughters.  Civilization itself.

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David Kupelian is a journalist and the managing editor of the on-line news giant WorldNetDaily.com  Kupelian is also the author of How Evil Works.  The book is a quick and refreshing read for those who recognize America’s cultural and moral decline.  Kupelian prefaces his book, commenting that it’s usually theologians and psychologists that speak or write about evil.  As a reporter, however, he has documented evil and become all-too familiar with its consequences.

Kupelian writes from a unique perspective which may surprise you.

Kupelian notes that evil comes from pride, arrogance, envy; in other words, original sin.  He is not afraid to blow the whistle on what’s happening in our homes, schools and government.

I recommend that you order How Evil Works.  Kupelian reveals the hidden mechanisms that allow lies and deception to take root in modern America, but also offers suggestions to “prevail in a culture gone mad”.  Here are a few highlights:

  • Europe and the UK, once the crown of Western civilization, are firmly in the grip of secular (de facto atheistic) socialism which suffocates their once-vibrant Christian culture and seduces their citizens into giving up their hard-won freedoms.
  • The U.S. has a transcendent heritage of liberty rooted in self-government and personal responsibility, but in recent decades, we have been seduced by professors and leaders who claim the “self-evident truths” the founders relied upon are just outdated and dangerous myths.
  • Some who seek power over us win our support by appealing to the basest part of us — hate, dissatisfaction, greed, and especially envy.  Stirring up and igniting these dark and addictive passions, power seekers can seduce us away from our inner dependency on God and instead create a massive voting bloc of people dependent on them.
  • The encouragement of immorality — sexual promiscuity, abortion, easy divorce — is all part and parcel of the socialist modus operandi because dissolute, dysfunctional people who have crossed the moral line and thus become estranged from the laws of God now need the “god” of socialist government.
  • There really is an all-knowing God.  He really does create human beings whose true purpose is to discover ultimate fulfillment through obedience to Him in all things.  It’s simple fact that our lives go badly when we defy His laws, which besides being written in the Bible are also “written” clearly inside each of us (“self-evident truth”).
  • We are in rebellion against the true God and, in that state, we need lies and deception to maintain our illusions — and people who love power are all too eager to step up and play that role for us.
  • We elect liars as leaders because we actually need lies if we’re avoiding inner truth.  For example, if we’ve had an abortion, but are in denial over the fact that we ended a life, we might be attracted by the lies of an eloquent “pro-choice” politician defending abortion as a cherished constitutional right.

David Kupelian reminds us that God’s Word admonishes us mortals to choose life over death, good over evil.

How Evil Works addresses topics of sexual anarchy, terrorism, mental illness, false gods, militant atheism, the war on fathers, and the mysterious power of hate.  Kupelian offers rare insights from persecuted saints of the past.  As a man of hope in the battle between good and evil, Kupelian offers suggestions for prevailing against a culture gone mad.

You won’t be disappointed.

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