Mark 8:15 And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.
The “leaven of Herod” refers to King Herod claiming to be religious and an upstanding citizen in the community without truly observing Christ’s moral law in his personal life. Thus the leaven of Herod draws attention to the bifurcation of civil law and moral law. In our day there are people who consider themselves very upstanding people in the community, if they have not broken the law of the land, but their personal morality is unchristian. The leaven of Herod involves an exalting of civil law above God’s moral law. Jesus tells us to beware of this.
Men usually possess the leaven of Herod when they feel they are failures in their homes. We all desire to raise our children right and have good marriages. No man desires to fail in these areas. However, when men are negligent fathers, it usually causes them to neglect their God given mandate to cover their “own” wives and train up their “own” children in the way they should go. This causes many to attempt to sweep their home issues “under the rug” and run out to fight for others. When a man’s marriage fails, his children are wayward, or he feels like a failure in the eyes of his family, he will many times seek platforms to be lifted up on because he feels his family looks down on him.
When ministers seek secular platforms, they must secularize their ministries. They will embrace the world and use worldliness combined with religious themes to promote themselves in the eyes of the world. They will strip Christ from their messages and substitute it with positive themes, community involvement, or political agendas. They will seek to deal with issues of race, community, and society without truly dealing with the very issues that are plaguing their own homes and behavioral problems.
This is becoming more prevalent in the last days as men fall away from truth and embrace lies that will promote them and their agendas. They will claim Christianity, but deny him when it’s convenient to promote themselves. Because Christ demands that we take care of our homes first and secure our families before leading others, many that feel they have failed at family and raising children will give up on their own to go fight for others. A public figure that stands for the issues of their communities without truly dealing with the issues in their own homes and family has the Leaven of Herod. This is yet another consequence of fatherlessness.
1Tim. 3:2 An [elder, bishop, pastor, leader] then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Pray for the fathers of our children. This generation needs them more than ever before.
G. Craige Lewis
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