Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Three Roles of a Man: King

“You gave me this staff to rule over scorpions and serpents. God made it a rod to rule over kings.” –Moses (from the movie The Ten Commandments) Think back to your childhood. When you would watch shows or see movies or comics that had a hero in it, a masculine leader who was unafraid of the dire consequences of putting his life on the line, was that who you wanted to be? Or were you more the type that never wanted to cause any problems and wanted to be a face in the crowd? If that was you then I am sorry but this is not for you, but I highly doubt that any man can honestly say they wanted to be a face in the crowd. All men want to be leaders. We want to make a difference and make our presence known, not for ourselves but for the glory of a cause higher than our own. As Father Corapi has said, “We are all kings in exile.” God put men on this earth to “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth….. and behold, it was very good.” This is a divine calling to leadership and kingship for all men. In order for men to take on the kingship God speaks of in the book of Genesis there is one thing that married men must do……we have got to have kids! Without a bloodline what kind of kingship do we have? Why is it that men think in order to be the boss they should wait until they are ‘financially stable’ to have children? When God promised Abraham that he would give him more descendants than there are stars in the sky, it is evident that God was proving the point that men should be proud to have children and see them as their own royal bloodline. “And God said to him, "I am God Almighty; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will come from your body. The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this land to your descendants after you." (Genesis 35:11-12) Entire societies have fallen and will continue to fall when men do not lead in a masculine way. In order to fulfill our duties to the utmost, as leaders, we have to know what it calls for and what duties are to be expected from us. I am sorry to say that because of past experiences of kings and bad leaders of the world when a person thinks of a king they think of the Stalin and Hitler types of leaders who rule with a bullwhip and fear. But we have the ultimate example of kingship in the person of Jesus Christ. When Jesus was crowned with thorns He showed all men what the crown of true kingship looks like. If we are to take upon our lives the kingship that we are all called to, blood and sacrifice is imminent. If we are to take up the challenge of becoming the kings of our household we must give all that we are to the very last drop. We are not to adorn ourselves with precious things that make us feel more important than we really are. If the crown of true kingship is a crown of thorns we are to realize that life must be a difficult road or else we cannot be true royalty. “How I wish that you really had become kings so that we might be kings with you! For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men.” (1 Corinthians 4:8-9) A servant of the world is the man who deserves a crown of monarchs. As kings of our household we are to protect and dignify our queens. The queens of the middle ages were adorned with as high of praise as the king. The respect and loyalty of the descendants is given to the king but the love and devotion is given to our queen. As kings we are considered the band of the wedding ring, a little rough but stable. Our queens, our beloved wives, are to be the diamonds shining in the light. When a diamond is in the dark no person can see the beauty that radiates off of it, we as the kings have got to bring in the light of truth and love to our wives so that they may shine like the diamonds that they are. Our children will learn how to treat their spouses from how their father treats their mother. True kingship is nothing without our queen. So one thing that all men must remember is true kingship requires sacrifice, and without sacrifice there is no victory. We must all accept the challenge at hand to strive for true kingship, in the eyes of the Almighty, lest we become slaves to sin and death. “We are either kings or pawns of men” - Napoleon Bonaparte

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