The Delightful Duty of Family Religion

It is easy to get caught up in the bad news and evil all around us in the world—at the institutional level. But Christ is still risen and is with us for salvation. Men are called to be bold and strong—to be men of God. This is not an emotional experience and Satan will not make it easy to do so.
No man has led as Christ, since we are all sinners. But wallowing in guilt is not strength. In Christ there is forgiveness for all sins, even those of fathers, affecting future generations.
That is not to say what we do doesn’t matter, quite the opposite, but before God there is relief from divine guilt. Our heavenly release from the burden of sin moves us, by the Spirit, to renew our efforts against the flesh and the world.
This means not just complaining about the world, but leading, as Christ our head leads us, to righteousness in deed and word. We need talking men, not sulky, silent ones. The greatest strength is in the words of Christ which open heaven. “At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort, a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God” (Acts 10:1-2). —ed.