To ensure the healing of our father-shaped wounds while we purify our image of God’s Fatherhood, it helps to realize how the wrong image is continually being inflicted upon us. Major influences in the culture we live in have been severely undermining the image of fatherhood for a long time.
Sing to the Lord a new song, / his praise from the ends of the earth, / you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, / you islands, and all who live in them. / Let the wilderness and its towns raise their voices; / let the settlements where Kedar lives rejoice. / Let the people of Sela sing for joy; / let them shout from the mountaintops. / Let them give glory to the Lord / and proclaim his praise in the islands. / The Lord will march out like a champion, / like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; / with a shout he will raise the battle cry / and will triumph over his enemies. (Isaiah 42:10-13 NIV)
God designed his own warrior nature into the hearts of men. He calls them to stand up strong in zeal, raise the battle cry, and triumph over the Devil for the sake of their families, for the protection of the Church, and for the conversion of the world. Men are wired to be champions. It’s not surprising, then, that the Devil has been redesigning manhood.
For the past several decades in the U.S. where I live—and elsewhere in cultures that have been influenced by the U.S.—there’s been a strong and pervasive influence to make men less masculine, more like women, in the name of “equality”.
Day 22 on the journey includes:
- Television’s role in the downfall of fatherhood
- Dealing with the Devil
- God’s strategy
© 2021 by Terry A. Modica