In today’s culture, it’s scary to be different.  We are afraid of what people might think of us, how they might treat us, and how being different might negatively affect our social status or living situation.  Now more than ever, we need men that are different.  We need men that will refuse to concede to the social norms drenched in sin and unrighteousness.  We need men that will do what is right, even when nobody’s looking.  We need men that will hold the line.  We need Gap Men.

In Ezekiel 22, the prophet is warning of the coming destruction of Judah because of their sin.  And just like today, this wrath is well deserved.  Ezekiel describes the idolatry running rampant in their hearts, political power is “bent on shedding blood” (v6),  men were sexually violating women is disobedience to God’s Law, having sex with their neighbor’s wives, defiling their daughter-in-laws, and sexually violating their sisters (v11), just to name a few things.

Then in verse 30, God makes a statement to Ezekiel, “And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.”  Where were the “Gap Men”?  Where were the men who were willing to stand for what was right?  Where were the men that were willing to hold the line?

While this picture is a figure of speech, there are some clear principles that we can glean:

God is actively looking for men who are willing to “build the wall” of righteousness and “stand in the breach” when the enemy gains entry.  Are you willing to be that guy?  Or are you content with the enemy ravaging your city, family, children and other loved ones?

How are you spending your time?  Are you spending time “building a wall of righteousness” as the leader in your home and workplace?  Are you mastering your craft and preparing your weapons for warfare?   Are you showing those who follow after you where the line is?  Men, it’s our job to draw the line in the sand and build on it.  Those in your care are depending on it.

Are you content with the result of not being a “Gap Man”?  Are you content with the ideologies, philosophies and chaos of this world running rampant in your home and church?  Are you content with sin destroying your marriage and children?  Are you willing to put in the hard work, to build the wall of righteousness and to fight at the breach when the enemy attacks?  If you’re not skillfully trained, ready and armed at the door, who is?  Your wife?  Your daughter?  Your son?

Men, when God sifts your household, will he find a “Gap Man”?