Profile of a straight man
Dr. Roberto Miranda
SUMMARY: In this sermon, the speaker reflects on the beauty and mystery of manhood and the role of men in the church and society. He emphasizes the importance of men being upright and exemplary fathers, and notes that men often struggle with their internal contradictions and fall short of God's model for manhood. He acknowledges the prominence of men in scripture and the masculine energy of God, but also clarifies that men are not ontologically superior to women and that women are co-heirs in the Kingdom of God. He emphasizes the complementary nature of men and women and the importance of both genders in the economy of creation.
God created man and woman to complement each other, and there is no superiority of one over the other. However, there are many negative models of masculinity in the world, including men who oppress and abuse women. In the church, there is also selfishness and injustice in relationships between men and women. The biblical model of a good man includes receiving instructions from the word of God, leading by example, and being a team player. A good man is not a lone ranger and values the opinions and needs of his family.
A model man is one who values his family, treats them with respect, and is a team player. He is also a priest in his home who intercedes for his family and blesses them with his prayers. The memory of a loving father who leaves behind a treasured image is a priceless inheritance for life. A father can bless his children in ways that cannot be measured, and it is a privilege to do so until the last day of their lives. If we have failed in any way, we can ask God to help us rectify it and bless our lives. Let us treasure God's advice and put it into practice.
Job, chapter 1, verses from 1 to 5: ".... There was a man named Job in the land of Us and he was a perfect and upright man, fearing God and away from evil and 7 sons and 3 daughters were born to him, he was The man was fertile, his estate was 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 donkeys, and many servants, and that man was greater than all the Orientals, and his children went and made banquets in their houses, each one on his day, and they sent to call his three sisters to eat and drink with them, and it happened that the days of the banquet having passed in turn, Job sent and sanctified them and got up early in the morning and offered burnt offerings according to the number of all of them, because Job said: perhaps My children will have sinned and they will have blasphemed against God in their hearts. Thus he did every day". May the Lord bless his holy word.
Sometimes when we think of Job we only think of his suffering and his extended agony, but we do not think of this man who was able to overcome and overcome all his terrible crises, and his tragedy because he was a man with an upright heart and that was what brought him, ironically his test. But Job was in addition to being an upright man, he was an exemplary father. This morning I asked the Lord for a basic text for my meditation and it came to my mind what Job was doing and that at some point in the sermon I am going to have time to touch a little on what this text says.