If you work in an office environment like I do, then you have undoubtedly seen the cliques that exist and the gossip that can happen.
Or maybe you get together with the fellas from your small group, without "that one guy" who is usually ostracized.
Those are all things that we can change immediately, simply by our actions (or lack thereof).
What about when women go to the doctor and have their pregnancies terminated?
Or racial issues that continue to flare up, highlighting
the rift that still exists?
### The Bible isn't silent.
Thankfully, the Bible isn't silent about what happens to those who sit idley by while their neighbor is being harmed.
Obadiah verse 11 says, *"On the day you stood aloof while strangers carried off his wealth and foreigners entered his gates and cast lots for Jerusalem, you were like them."*
Obadiah was referring to Edom standing idly by while the neighboring Israelites were being brutally plundered...*and were held accountable for it.*
### This is why it matters to us as husbands and fathers.
It requires us to men of integrity; **men of action.**
Men who teach and demonstrate to our children how we respond to injustices.
Not because we're some sort of superman, but because we are called to do so by the God we worship!
1. **Discuss** issues that come up with your children.
2. When discussing them with other adults, **demonstrate maturity** and the ability to understand the other perspective.
3. Most importantly: explain that it is not an obligation, but a **responsibility to respond** to the injustices of the world. Not in the name of the right or the left; not in the name of specific denomination or church group, but in the name of Jesus Christ, who is the only real remedy.
### Changing the world isn't rocket science.
But it's not easy. Focus on pouring Christ’s love into your children, and watch them do the same as they grow. Be stewards of what we’ve been given (our families), and maximize our impact in the world on family at a time.
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Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families