Conclusion – The Biblical Father

Our cultural crisis rests in the retreat of males from the responsibilities and duties of manhood. The crisis is past deferment. The time has come for men to ground themselves in the whole counsel of God, to be responsible, mature and venturesome. There can be no resolution of our world crisis without a resolution of the crisis in male responsibility. Rushdoony, 1987.

We have seen that God has given husbands and fathers many responsibilities in His Word. Most men will ignore those responsibilities (a common trait), and then have to face the consequences both in this life, and the next. To ignore God’s Word is the essence of irresponsibility and sin, because only God can accurately inform us about our duties, and how to carry them out in a way that pleases Him: “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Mic.6:8)

This brief series has been a basic outline of the responsibilities of men, recorded in scripture. My prayer is that you will develop your life in obedience to Jesus Christ, that you will grasp the privilege and responsibility of marriage, of children, of membership in the Church and the community at large, which desperately needs the leadership and contributions of Christian men.

One of my favourite quotes (from Gary North), is that “Power flows to those that take responsibility.” This can be you, but it requires your obedience to God and His Word. On the Day of Judgment, there will be no one there, but you and our Lord.

In closing with a scripture, I hope you can make it yours, so that at the end of your earthly days when men are standing around a grave lowering your body into the ground, your life will have been an example before them, of this text:

Praise the Lord! How blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in His commandments. His descendents will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever (Ps.112:1-3).

Andrew McColl, 2010.

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