Anthony W. Brooks
I consider myself a theologian not a Theologian. All Christians are called to be theologians, but a certain few achieve the credentials necessary to be called Theologian proper. Part of this call for the average man of Gondor in the pew is to realize the utter sinfulness of his condition. It is not enough to see yourself as sinful, “Yes, I ate my wife’s last yogurt last night because I wanted a midnight snack and I know it was wrong.” But to realize the depth of his depravity to the point that even when he is not sinning he is still displeasing to God.
Recent Clusters of Learned Information
I have recently, over the last few weeks, taken up a study of the covenant home. This has been an eye opening and Earth shattering endeavor that has caused me to realize the short fallings of my responsibilities. As a man who has a household, I am responsible for the actions of every member of my household. When they sin, I sin because I am to guide them away from sin.
“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.” -Ephesians 5:22-23
I am the head of my wife just as Christ is the head of the church. So just as Christ took responsibility for the sins of his people, things he didn’t do, so also am I to take responsibility for the sins of my family, not just things I do but things I didn’t do. When I learned this it put me to my knees. At that point I realized that my own depravity extended to the way I ran my household.
So there were some reforms I had to put in place. Every week we started doing Sabbath dinners. We would eat a meal as a family and do a catechism. Every member of age to read is required to do a daily Bible reading. We pray as a family and delight in the promises of God. I look at my house as a Temple of God where he can abide and, of course, where we can grow in our covenant heritage to a thousand generations.
Solo Deo Gloria!