In a culture where it is cool to be sheepish and in touch with your “feminine side,” we need to give a call to men to stand up and take responsibility.
We need men with steadfast courage, with ironclad conviction, undomesticated manliness, and a fierce love for God. We need rugged men who can hold fast – who bring stability to a world of ever-shifting unsurety, consistency to a culture of non-commitment, and staying power in a nation where men retreat. We need bravehearted men who are strong and alert, men with vision to lead the way in the family, church, and culture; unapologetically masculine men, gentle and protective men, untamable warriors with unbridled commitment to their King. We need men intent on recovering biblical manliness. We need perilous men. We need men of honor. We need men with the zeal of Phinehas, who fiercely defended the worship of Yahweh; men with the gentle strength of Boaz; men with the courage of the mighty men of David. Where are these men today? Who will stand up in their place? Who will be a man of God?
Who will play the man?
- “Be strong, and prove yourself a man.” – 1 Kings 2:2
- “Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” – 1 Cor. 16:13
- “If you do nothing in a time of trouble, your strength is worthless. So rescue those being taken off to death, and save those stumbling toward slaughter.” – Prov 24:10-11
- “May Yahweh, my rock, be praised, who trains my hands for battle, and my fingers for warfare.” – Psalm 144:1
– Resources for men in pursuit of biblical manhood –
An essential series on “Biblical Chivalry” by Gene Cunningham – http://basictraining.org/index.php?proc=med&sid=31
“Time to Act Like Men in the Church” by Phil Johnson—another essential resource – http://www.gracechurch.org/media/4111/time_to_act_like_men_in_the_church/
“Man Up” by Phil Johnson (an excellent blog post; links to other relevant material can be found here as well) – http://teampyro.blogspot.com/2010/03/man-up.html
The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood – http://cbmw.org/
Manly.Is (A blog from a Christian perspective about manhood and masculinity in the world today; answering the question, “What is manly?”) – http://manly.is/
“Act Like Men” by John MacArthur – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTBLCbYSSGY
“In my judgment, the typical evangelical church of this generation has become weak, and womanly. Churchgoers demand that preachers be soft and dainty—especially when they are dealing with hard-edged truths.
If you don’t sufficiently tone down every severe text or hard-to-receive doctrine in the Bible, the tone police will write you up for an infraction before you can get from the pulpit to the front door. All the rough edges of every truth must be carefully sanded smooth and painted in pastel tones. We’ve traded up to cushy seats instead of hard-bench pews and we expect our preachers to fashion their messages accordingly. None of this ‘sinners-in-the-hands-of-an-angry-God’ stuff.
Instead, today’s evangelicals favor feminine themes: Let’s talk about our emotional hurts, our personal relationships, our felt needs… We’re hurting people!
The church has begun to look weak—effeminate—frightened—sissified; like a society of fops and milksops… when we’re supposed to be soldiers!
We’re told relentlessly that we have to be always agreeable no matter what—seeker-sensitive, gender-neutral, effervescent, transparent, sentimental, and delicate in everything we say and do. Those sound like rules for figure-skaters, not warriors in the army of Christ!” – Phil Johnson
- “To be a man is not a one day job.” – Gene Cunningham
- “Make yourselves sheep, and the wolves will eat you.” – Benjamin Franklin
- “May it be written that your woman loved you, your children admired you, and the enemy feared you.” – Cliff Graham
“Once upon a time, men wore the pants, and wore them well. Women rarely had to open doors and little old ladies never had to cross the street alone. Men took charge because that’s what they did. But somewhere along the way the world decided it no longer needed men. Disco by disco, latte by foamy non-fat latte, men were stripped of their khakis and left stranded on the road between boyhood and androgyny. But today there are questions our genderless society has no answers for. The world sits idly by as cities crumble, children misbehave and those little old ladies remain on one side of the street. For the first time since bad guys, we need heroes. We need grown ups. We need men to put down the plastic fork, step away from the salad bar, and untie the world from the tracks of complacency. It’s time to get your hands dirty. It’s time to answer the call of manhood. It’s time to wear the pants.”
“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” – Prov. 27:17