Be A Man... And Sing!
Biblical manhood is not an antiquated ideal that has outlived its usefulness in the
emergent post-Christian America. Rather, it is a timeless responsibility designed by God to permeate every aspect of our lives. At its core, biblical manhood boldly and joyfully embraces the God-given instruction that men are to be leaders, protectors, and providers (Eph. 5, 1 Cor. 11, 1 Pet. 3). Uniquely, when the people of God assemble, men can supernaturally fulfill this biblical calling by singing.
It has been said that if the women in a congregation do not sing, then there will be no congregants singing. Thankfully, this extreme is not our church. However, for many men, I fear, the appearance of being tough or authoritative or “manly” outweighs our duty and our delight to sing (Ps. 135:3). Our passion for the Lord in singing is somehow strangled by culture’s pull to be invincible, emotionless, and cold.
Yet, part of leadership involves modeling biblical attitudes and behavior (1 Tim. 4:12). What do our wives and our children learn about our love for God – and indeed who God is – when they look at us during congregational singing? Do they see us singing with all our might to a God who is infinitely worthy and beautiful or do they see us with arms crossed and mouths closed? Part of protecting and providing for our families means that we will let them (in fact, want them to) see us with hands lifted high and tears running down our cheeks because we are overwhelmed by the grace of God in calling us out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Pet. 2:9).
Men, here is my imploration: let our wives see us passionately singing to Jesus so that it might help them fearlessly and confidently submit to our godly headship as we exhibit our love and obedience to Christ (See 1 Pet. 3:5-7). Let our children see us praising God from the depths of our souls so that they can see with crystal clarity that the God we sing to is supremely valuable beyond anything or anyone (See Deut. 6:4-8, Matt. 10:37). Let us joyfully learn the songs we sing so that we might teach them to our families, and in seventy years when we are dead, by the grace of God the next generation will still be singing them (See Deut. 31:10-13).
For the single men and the widowers, I encourage you to embrace biblical manhood in this season of your lives and sing. Young men, show people around you that God is vastly more important than video games or girls or Game of Thrones - Sing! Older men, prove to those next to you that identity and worth is found in Christ alone and not in what we do, or what we have, or who we are with - Sing! Widowers, display to the young husbands and fathers what it means to lead by holding fast to Jesus throughout life’s joys and sorrows - Sing!
May all of the men of Cornerstone embrace godly manhood and lead, protect, and
provide by singing with all of our hearts to the Lord together.