And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
A man who orders his life by the word of God commands the respect of his wife and his children.
Such a man may not walk the streets daily with a bible in his hands or have a huge cross dangling around his neck, but the principles of godliness are hung around his heart and nailed to the door posts of his soul.
The lifestyle and demeanor of a man who follows God are indicators of this. In a society that casts a god-fearing man as a wimp, there is a tendency for some to shun the image of a spiritual man. Yet that is the very characteristic that drew Abraham close to God—the fact that he was willing to walk the walk, not just talk the talk.
The God-fearing man seeks the will of God and strives to follow it, thus shepherding his family in the direction of the almighty.
African-American men should actively seek guidance from their faith and use it as a compass to shepherd their families. This involves making decisions that align with their spiritual beliefs and values, ultimately leading their families in the direction of a higher purpose.
Rather than conforming to societal stereotypes that may depict godly men as weak or unmanly, we should be encouraged to lead by example. Abraham drew close to God because he not only talked about faith but also demonstrated it through his actions. We can similarly earn respect and influence by consistently living out our faith.