Theology in Country Music: It Takes A Man. Fathers Day

Judges 4: 4-9

4 Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, was judging Israel at that time. 5 And she would sit under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the mountains of Ephraim. And the children of Israel came up to her for judgment. 6 Then she sent and called for Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali, and said to him, “Has not the LORD God of Israel commanded, ‘Go and deploy troops at Mount Tabor; take with you ten thousand men of the sons of Naphtali and of the sons of Zebulun; 7 and against you I will deploy Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his multitude at the River Kishon; and I will deliver him into your hand’?”   
8 And Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go!”   
9 So she said, “I will surely go with you; nevertheless there will be no glory for you in the journey you are taking, for the LORD will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.”

The story you have just read about Deborah and Barak is a story that relates to the video featuring Chris Young.  The name Barak means thunder.  In our society today we have too many men who are Baraks, and not enough men of power.  Thunder is the noise that accompanies lightning, and there are too many men in our society who talk a good game or make a lot of noise.  I slept with her, I have this many kids, I do what I want… etc..   They talk a good game, but when it comes time to put up or shut up they have to shut up.  Thunder is loud and sounds intimidating.  In the end it is just noise, like many of today’s men.  All talk and no action.

Too many kids today are being raised without a father at home.  It is ruining a generation of kids.  These modern-day Baraks (thunder) are male enough to impregnate girls, but they are not man enough to stay and raise them.  They walk out. Men, if you have kids, then you need to man up and raise them because they need you.  Don’t just talk a good game, but get in the game and play.  If you are separated from your kids,  paying child support is not enough, you need to spend as much time as you can with them.  Do not be a Barak (thunder and all noise), but rather be responsible and powerful (lightning harnessed is power).

To the women who do not have the child’s father living with them here is my advice for you.  If at all possible, let the child’s father spend as much time with his kids.  The kids need this.  If it is not possible be sure there is a man’s influence in their lives.  A grandfather, an uncle, a brother, etc.  Society says kids do not need their dad, but reality dictates otherwise.  Kids without a father at home in general have a tougher time in life.

until next time,

it takes a man to raise a child. (not a Barak)

pastor greg t.

Pastor Greg T.

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