“We live in a difficult times……” said Dr. John L. Yeats the Executive Director of Missouri Baptist Convention at the, “Show Me your Glory” event at the state capital of MO. Addressing we live in a times darkened by moral relativism, intellectual negligence, spiritual apathy and erotic libertarianism.
Some of the things we see are such as
- 13,000 children are entangled in the foster care system……
- Sex-slave trade is running rampant in all our nations
- Slaying of reborn children in sanctioned by municipal edict….
- Prisons are stuffed with adults and juveniles whose lives are corrupted by illegal drug trafficking….
- Seniors and veterans are kicked to the curb as if they are no longer valued…..
America is in a crisis. We are a whole gender identity confusion as we face a masculinity crisis. In our fatherless culture, many guys struggle with their identity as men, and as a result they feel alienated from God. While the world seems increasingly confused about matters as basic as what it means to be male, churches offers little to help men find true healing which raises some of the most important issues facing Christians today. We have “lost” our masculinity and need a cure to gain it back.
Let me suggest three attributes of true biblical manhood.
I believe the core of the problem within our society is this; Less and fewer men within the church. We simply don’t have examples of men around us. Lead by characterized by real authentic examples as much as by admonition and instruction. People are looking for a demonstration, not an explanation.
Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice.
As Robert E. Coleman from the book Master Plan of Evangelism said it well, “It is good to tell people what we mean, but it is infinitely better to show them. People are looking for a demonstration, not an explanation.”
“So goes the men in the church, so goes the church, so goes the me in the church, so goes the culture in the world.”
Our idea of men’s ministry is to provide food, sports or entertainment while we dance around men’s deepest problems without actually addressing them.
Yet, everywhere I go today, I find men who suffer from crushed masculinity. There is a sense of poor fathering, lack of affirmation, bullying, family rejection, inferiority or some form of abuse, their manhood did not develop properly. They are men on the outside, but inside they are wounded boys who are afraid to tell anyone how they feel.
Biblical manliness is about authentic character. Each of us is unique as Christ has made us in the image of God. We should never accept others’ differences w/o thinking ourselves to be either superior or inferior to others.
I believe that one reason why the church of God at this present moment has so little influence over the world is because the world has so much influence over the church. God calls us in the midst of a crooked nation to use such as you and I.
Older Men, Younger Men Need You.
I don’t know you’ve noticed with the gradual and casual change of our lives, our young boys and youth are going through fire. Sometime our priority may not be number one propriety on our children, but on Satan’s agenda they are number one agenda.
Biblical manhood involves cultivating, embracing, and exercising leadership initiative, especially spiritual leadership initiative. If we don’t do it, who is going to do it?
A Call to True Biblical Manhood
We already have enough men who are, “Bench warmers” in the pews and think Christianity is a spectator sports. We have not been called to hold the fort, but to storm the heights. We are to rise up to greatness! Let’s get out of our seats and go into the streets!
“Give me 100 men who fear nothing but sin and desires nothing but God; such alone will shake the gates of hell.” – John Wesley