Paul writes to Timothy:
I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. (2 Timothy 1:5 NIV)
Paul credits Timothy’s coming to faith because of his grandmother and mother. No where does Paul ever mention the men in Timothy’s life. Where are the men? Because of this Paul feels obligated to step into Timothy’s life as a spiritual father.
The problem with the absence of men didn’t just start with Paul and Timothy; this problem dates all the way back to the beginning of time in the garden. In Genesis 3, Satan comes to deceive Eve and this is what is recorded at the end of their conversation:
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. (Genesis 3:6 NIV)
I was always under the assumption and taught that, after Eve ate of the fruit, she went to Adam, brought him some fruit, and he ate. I always thought that Adam wasn’t there when Satan was talking to Eve. But that is not what is written in Genesis 3. Adam was right with Eve the whole time Satan was conversing with her. Why didn’t Adam stand up and shut down Satan? Why did Adam just sit in silence? Because Adam was silent, sin entered into the world. Because Adam was silent, Satan was able to deceive Eve. Because Adam was silent, sickness and death are now prevalent in our world today.
From the garden to this present generation, men have sat in silence while sin has rampaged society. How many times do you hear of a testimony when the men stood up? It’s always “Our mom brought us to church while dad stayed home in his recliner” or “I ran away from God, but my mom never stopped praying for me.” It seems like all I hear these days is something similar to what Paul wrote about Timothy. Always about the godly matriarchs. Never about the godly patriarchs.
Now don’t get me wrong. I praise God for the moms who stood up for their family. I thank God for the women out there that took a stand while the men sat in silence. If it wasn’t for women like Lois and Eunice, there would be no men like Timothy.
But it’s time for us men to rise up. It’s time for us men to take our place as the head and not the tail. No longer can we sit on the sideline in silence, but we need to stand up in the strength we have been given in Jesus. No longer can we sit back in our recliners. No longer can we stand in the background. We need to take our stand in the forefront. And proclaim “No Satan you will not have authority in my garden. No Satan you will not deceive my wife. No Satan you will not control my children. No Satan you will not reign in my house.” We need to take our stand and say like Joshua:
Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:14-15 NIV)
Men it’s time to choose. Are you going to remain seated in silence or are you going to stand up in the strength you’ve been given in Jesus? Society is counting on your decision. Take your stand!