Man of The House

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The premise of this book, as I understand it, is that our homes have turned into, what Wiley calls, recreation centers, and they need to be repurposed into centers of productivity. The majority of people who go to work in the morning, put in their hours, come home, and throw their feet on the couch to relax: the home has turned into a place of escape, a place for daily vacationing.

Furthermore, we’ve become too dependent on someone else sheltering us rather than us building our own shelter. This dependence has become so great that we have trusted in the man to shelter us from not only our personal responsibilities, but also our moral failings.

In particular he calls us men to put our pants on, and to steward what God has entrusted us with: our home, our property, our posterity. He calls us to seek to acquire productive property, aka assets that will bring us fruit such as real estate, business, intellectual, gardening, or any other property that produces something.

Although Wiley is a Presbyterian, some will say that he’s being to dispensational and pessimistic. He comes off as teaching us to withdraw from society, from using Wal-Mart, from depending on the Boeings (he does throw some good size punches at the industrial revolution, massive corporations, and government agencies), however coming from the former Soviet Union, where their was food-lines and people dying because of large government centralized control, having the knowledge and land to grow food seems like a good idea: in fact that is how we survived. I can talk more about gardening another time.

I would like to hear more about his view on having employees. If you’re growing a business, sooner or later you will turn into some sort of a “corporation”.

Of course there are many blessings that we have been able to receive through large corporations. One is being able to purchase a tomato in the middle of winter, or fly an airplane without having to build one ourselves, or even send letters to people instantaneously. And yet, when we live in such comfort, we let our guard down, sheath our sword, and let another tell us how to live rather than taking responsibility and action: success and an easy life style is also a test of faithful stewardship.

When we consider Wiley’s audience, one of which I believe to be the government sheltered christian male, (we can call him the GSCM), we see that the majority of men who call themselves Christians, are sitting on the sidelines, watching others play rather than take dominion. This dominion taking starts in the home. Starts at your desk, in your backyard, in your bank account. As God’s people, we are all called to take dominion rather than let another do it for us.

You can read more from C.R. Wiley at his blog.

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