One thing that is becoming more obvious to me is that the number of men who are serious about the things of the Lord is diminishing. Many men within Christianity will give lip service to God, but few will give life service to God. In other words, there is a shortage of honorable Christian men.
Love for God demands obedience to God’s Word and sacrificial love for God’s people. Those two things are biblically clear (John 14:15; 1 John 4:20-21). However, too many Christian men deemphasize those two loves and are more consumed with a third kind of love, a love of self. This is displayed in a variety of ways.
A love of self can be displayed in one’s deportment as a man. The world views true manhood as exhibiting some kind of bravado, machismo, or dominating personality. Pride and cockiness, however, only reveal a lack of biblical manhood.
A love of self can be displayed in one’s treatment of others. Men may treat their wives and children as nuisances or merely as a means for their own fulfillment. Men may treat others as merely pawns to help them get what they want, climb the corporate ladder, and gain the riches of this world. However, using others for personal, selfish gain is not what biblical manhood is all about.
A love of self can be displayed in one’s treatment of self. Men may strive to be somewhat of an Adonis figure, believing that bulging muscles and hulking physiques determine true manhood. Or husbands and fathers can indulge in their own pleasures and fancies and wishes, while depriving their wives and children of needs. However, these selfish treatments do not fit the picture of biblical manhood.
Our world has created two faulty caricatures of manhood. On one side of the spectrum, there is the view that says real men are womanizers, conquerors, rich and powerful, and have a sleek physique. On the other side of the spectrum, our world paints a picture of how men are viewed: often slobbish, sexual perverts, lazy, and buffoons. This is seen primarily through the television industry.
The Bible sets forth the right picture of what true manhood looks like. It is ultimately found in the perfect man, Jesus Christ, and his character traits are found in a variety of ways throughout the Scripture. In the next several posts, I hope to give a more biblical description of what it means to truly be an honorable Christian man for the glory of God.
Christian men, it is time to stop merely playing the game of Christianity, and truly devote ourselves to Honorable Christian Manhood. Our families need this; our churches need this; and God desires it.