May the Watchers Become Warriors
I was reflecting last month how every spiritual problem we deal with has its roots in not knowing how to relate to God as our Father. A number of recent conversations on fatherhood have only served to reinforce this observation. Why do I say this? Because the Father's remedy for man was to sacrifice His Son so that we could be reconciled to Him and know His ways (John 1:18; II Corinthians 5:19). This is the answer for all mankind: to know the Father and be known by Him.
Last week, I was asked to speak on a blog talk radio show regarding the article "Biblical, Godly Authority", which caused a little stir amongst some Christians on Facebook. What was the big deal? Asserting that God's authority is patriarchal, stating that there is an order God has established for the home & church, and daring to contend that there is anything like "authority" in the Body of Christ to which we are called to submit. Even some who said they heard and agreed with the talk show still contacted me to contest these same points again; demonstrating that they really didn't understand what was said at all.
There continues to be a blindness in man's heart as to what it means to know God as our Father and the key to this understanding is found in repentance. It is not until we turn from sin (align our view of sin with God's) that we can know God in this way. Unless we do, we will never be able to walk in God's perfect will for our lives.
God Himself wants to be honored as a Father. Yet if we do not understand what this means, how can we offer Him the reverence He seeks from us?