Our Desperate Need for Biblical Men
This past weekend fourteen of us men from the church did our annual “pilgrimage” to the excellent Word of Life Men’s Retreat in Schroon Lake NY. First off, the setting in the Adirondacks is incredibly beautiful; the food there is excellent (got to double my exercise this week… Oy vey!); and the fellowship of hanging out with our men is simply terrific. But we don’t just go for fun and food; we also go to hear from God. Jeff Bramstedt, a former Navy SEAL, a Hollywood stunt-man, and has a full-time ministry was our speaker. Oh… and he even plays the piano… quite well in fact. He taught on sexual purity, forgiveness, and just being godly men. One of my favorite lines was, “I opened my mouth and stupid fell out.” Oh boy, I can truly relate to that :-( It was a great weekend.
And, it got me thinking. I am acutely aware of the challenges men face in our world today both in and out of the church. With all the social changes going on in our world (just look at the news over the past few months… and days), with how Hollywood portrays most men, with the rise of radical feminism, and with the lack of strong biblical teaching and leadership in so many churches, it is really hard to be man… a biblical man. But rather than shrink back, or do the apathetic shoulder shrug, or even get angry, I’m thinking we ought to get serious as a church, both men and women, and bring this matter to God.
If we allow this trend to continue whereby our men become spiritually and societally emasculated (yes, you read that right, I did use that term… this is simply that serious), our nation, our communities, our church, and our homes are in deep, deep trouble. If you want to ensure the demise of our nation, and our church, and your home… well, all you need to do is let well-enough-alone. As for me… I am fighting back. But I will do my fighting on my knees before God, and in the proclamation of His Word, and in love and leadership that I provide for my family. Will you join me?
To help us with this, I’ve included a terrific and on-point list of challenges men face/or marks of true biblical manhood, from an article posted by Al Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I encourage you to use this as your prayer guide; and if you’re a guy, your commitment to action before God. But I should offer a “small print” warning: If you’re sincere, if you mean what you pray, and pray what you mean, God just may show up (actually I know He will!), and your life will never ever be the same; not for you, and not for anyone around you. Are you up for it? Oh… and if you’re convicted to work on one of these… I know a great place to start; your church. Yeah, we can help!
The Marks of Manhood
OCT 30, 2009 |ALBERT MOHLER
1. Spiritual maturity sufficient to lead a wife and children.
2. Personal maturity sufficient to be a responsible husband and father.
3. Economic maturity sufficient to hold an adult job and handle money.
4. Physical maturity sufficient to work and protect a family.
5. Sexual maturity sufficient to marry and fulfill God's purposes.
6. Moral maturity sufficient to lead as example of righteousness.
7. Ethical maturity sufficient to make responsible decisions.
8. Worldview maturity sufficient to understand what is really important.
9. Relational maturity sufficient to understand and respect others.
10. Social maturity sufficient to make a contribution to society.
11. Verbal maturity sufficient to communicate and articulate as a man.
12. Character maturity sufficient to demonstrate courage under fire.
13. Biblical maturity sufficient to lead at some level in the church.
There is a role of leadership for every man in every church, whether that role is public or private, large or small, official or unofficial. A man should know how to pray before others, to present the Gospel and to stand in the gap where a leadership need is apparent.
What’s going on: Summer! Yes, kids out of school, vacation time, warm temps, and lots of activities. This coming Sunday (7th) we will have baptisms, and I will be teaching on, “To Be Truly Christian” - John 21:15-25, our final lesson from John’s Gospel. Pastor John and I will be attending the Southern Baptist Convention in Columbus, Ohio on the 16th and 17th. The 21st is Father’s Day. June 24th we will have our first church picnic for the year. On the 25th, I will be having a personal prayer retreat day; I will be turning off all of my electronic connections, going someplace quiet, and listening and talking to God regarding our church and my leadership. June 28th we will have Communion. Have a blessed week!