ONE DAY I WAS CONFRONTED by an angry and insecure seminary student, a young man still struggling to make faith in Christ fit neatly with the chauvinism that had defined—and still defined—much of his life experience. He poked a bony finger in my chest and demanded to know how my wife, Rebekah, and I planned to divvy up authority in our young family.
“So who’s going to be wearing the pants in your family?” he asked. “Just who will be the head of your household? Or should you get your wife’s permission before you answer?”
The question wasn’t as difficult as he imagined. “God is the head of our home,” I replied. “But now I’m curious; tell me about yours.”
Joshua answered the question this way: “Now if you are unwilling to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve . . . . ; but as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD” (Josh. 24:15).
Get Real: A Spiritual Journey for Men
From page 21 of Get Real: A Spiritual Journey for Men by Derek Maul. Copyright © 2007 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
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Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.
—Joshua 24:15, NRSV
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