Why Men can't Run and why preachers cant worship!

I was at a church this weekend where there was a guest preacher. The women got involved in the praise and worship, they got behind the preacher in his ministry and worshipped the Lord. The men I noticed only came alive when it was their time to step into the pulpit and say something, When it came to worship the men were uninvolved apathetic, quiet and had an attitude.

The praise and worship leader discussed this with me and shared her frustration. She said 'how can they just sit there when God has done so much more us?' My reply, maybe they have yet to go through some junk in order for God to develop in them an appreciative spirit!' Secondly, men often have a pride issue when they dont have a platform they feel rejected and get an attitude. They only way a man can deal with this is to repent and if they cant see their need to repent then they cant see the pride that is causing them to exalt themselves before God!.'

I've seen pastors sit down in big chairs on the platform, while the rest of the church stand with lifted hands before God in worship. I've known a man who did not come to church because a woman was speaking, what's more that woman was his wife! I've seen men want to quit ministry because ministry is too tough for them and they are not getting the recognition they thought they deserve.

Men it's time to ask ourselves, why do we wan't attention? why do we want the platform? why do you want recongition and titles?. Why Can't a man just serve God for who he is, or have we got to have postion in the church in order to be extravagant in our praise?

Or is it a pride issue?

If so repent, you've made a god out of your title, your positon and your status. repent! repent while you are able to repent. For tomorrow your heart may be harder and your indifference stronger. Repentance is a sure way to promotion, while pride will bring ruin and destroy everything you've ever built.

Paul.

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Comment by Elder Kathleen Jackson on October 19, 2011 at 12:11pm
Great post.  The truth is still the truth even when it's a hard pill to swallow. Sometimes the best medicine was the most difficult to ingest, but when digested; in more cases than nought, did more than healed, but fought off future attacks and strengthened immunity. Powerful commentary. God Bless you Sir.
Comment by Rev Charles Oyange on June 8, 2011 at 2:48pm
Thank you Dr Linda , your concerns are truly awesome .I do truly know that we have acommon goal and objective that confide us in Christ , and truly know we will win .I know that as you have said that wisdom is key to our standing .Thank you and welcome to Kenya  , you will never be dis appointed .Rev Charles and Esther .
Comment by Charles E. Burns Jr. on March 6, 2011 at 9:29pm

Great post Brother Paul. I think it is needful to recognize that men are made of a different cloth than women and need to be approached in a bit of a different way when attempting to inspire or mobilize them. Generally, girls begin talking at a much earlier age than boys; this indicates that women are more readily geared toward willful social interaction than men on a cooperative level. Boys are more rambunctious involved in structural activities and even learn social behavior from a competitive paradigm being driven by testosterone.

Bearing these things in mind, men need to be utilized not only in the position-holding activities in the church but as well in general activities in the church. When men feel a sense of being a viable part of something rather than a sideline on-looker they are more likely to open up in personal expression. Many times what we are seeing illustrated in male behavior in local church assemblies is not merely pride but a defense mechanism put up by someone who doesn't trust the landscape that he is standing on.

With many churches having a female-dominated environment some men see it, from a subconscious perspective, as being the woman's arena so just as a man going with his wife to the hair salon and shutting himself off from the rest of the room with a magazine or newspaper some men find it awkward at times to engage in corporate worship expressions.

Church leadership must clearly articulate that though there is spiritual equality between men and women there is still a distinction that the LORD makes in regards to the flesh. JESUS said that the experience in eternity would be one without the existence of gender, but that is not the case this side of eternity. We must build the concept of value into the idea of what it is to be a man made after the image of G-D. Once articulated to men their fit in the scheme of things and that it does make a difference that they are a part of things (as opposed to prodding them to believe that there is nothing exclusively unique about them) we can get them to appreciate the awesomeness of their inclusion in sincere expressions of worship.

Thanks again for sharing. 

Comment by Paul Thomas on October 28, 2010 at 8:55am
Greetings friends and many thanks for your comments, In reply to 'Trip,' thanks for your submission, I don't neccessarily agree with your statement that men are different from women when it comes to worship. Jesus said the 'true worshippers' (those who know how to worship) worship in 'spirit and truth' ( John 4:23) worship in Spirit, I would define as 'in the spirit, while worship in 'truth' would be open, transparent and humble before God.... sometimes we men have problems with that..anyway thanks for your valuable input.the Lord bless you.
Comment by Trip on October 27, 2010 at 5:12pm
I have to say that this is a great observation by you. But men are totally different when it comes to worshiping. Everyone has there way of worshiping and showing there appreciation to God. If you feel that having a emotional outbreak shows true worship, that may work for you but not for the next persons. I believe when we are in church are focus should be on God and glorifing him and not monitoring congregation for proper worship etiquette.
Comment by Evangelist Cookie Hunter on October 25, 2010 at 3:21am
Amen!
Comment by MIN. WILLIE E. JINKINS on October 23, 2010 at 5:22pm
AMEN!! You are on point.
Comment by Prophetess Sandra Dukes, a.m. on October 22, 2010 at 9:19pm
Hallelujah ! Glory to God for that God -sent message . Thank you for being obedient in sharing this word of wisdom .
God bless you man of God
Comment by Rohe' Prophet Vander Williams on October 20, 2010 at 11:24am
God bless you brother Paul, and thanks for addressing this issue. I totally agree with you men really put on false aires when it comes to praise and worship especially in leadership positions. I have always said "dont follow a leader who does'nt worship, how can they lead you somewhere they have not been themselves?' Men should step back into the roles that God has assigned them and stop being chauvenistic and prideful but go back to being coverings for their families and churches. God Bless you.

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