Its Time for Christian Men to ‘Man up’
By Kevin Probst
Remember your science teacher putting the frog in water and then bringing the water to a boil. The frog is so adept at adapting he fails to realize how badly his situation has become. Finally, the frog acclimates and dies in the boiling water.
A large number of men in our culture are acclimating and dying spiritually. Many have become so emasculated they are embarrassed to show their masculine nature. Hollywood and our politically correct culture have feminized us so that we tend to look to others for approval before we make important decisions. Oh for the days in the last great generation when men stepped up and fearlessly made decisions based on their own good judgment, not on whether the family and friends would approve.
This indecisiveness in male leadership is causing havoc in all areas of our society. Indecisive men in our Congress make decisions based on what will provide them with the best opportunity for re-election. This kind of selfish leadership offers no solutions as to how to win a war in Afghanistan or how to climb out of our economic morass. This narcissistic leadership offers no new innovative ideas, it just passes the buck on to the next generation in hopes they will come up with a workable solution.
George Washington was more than happy to walk away from the presidency and retire to his farm. Our modern politicians will fight tooth and nail against term limits. They are like a bunch of intoxicated sailors staggering through the great halls of congress demonstrating a deficit in their own ability to make sound judgments for the good of the country. They are so drunk on power they are willing to do anything to retain it even if it means lying or selling the country down the hatch.
Our founding fathers wanted America to be like a “city upon a hill”, showing ‘the way’ to other countries. Their vision was of a country that feared God and desired to reflect his righteousness. I am so tempted to name some of the disgusting, wimpy congressman who sniffle like spoiled children when they don’t get their favorite pork barrel project funded by a compliant congress so as to appease their constituents to enhance their chance of reelection.
There is an old adage that says, “If not now, then when? If not me, then who?” It’s time for honorable men of integrity to step up. Edmund Burke once said, “All that's needed for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” We can look across the pond and watch how the Europeans have lost their way. In the land of Luther very few would admit a belief in God. Their great cathedrals and sanctuaries are empty. They have turned their back on God and now Allah is being introduced in their lands and they haven’t the intestinal fortitude to resist infiltration of his worshippers.
Here is a law without any exceptions; when you take God out of something, that something will decay and die. As Americans, we are not far behind the Europeans. We have taken God out of our families, we have eliminated him from our public schools, we have taken him out of many of our churches. Hollywood makes millions ridiculing Christians and degrading those who would dare express an open belief in God. We seem to be determined to follow Europe off the cliff into a gorge of spiritual death and destruction.
Christian men must pray as we have never prayed before. America needs men who are not afraid to proclaim God’s name in the face of those who have sullied his truth with their politically correct, humanistic doctrines.
A man approached a horrible accident on the road. A car had flipped over and pinned a little girl underneath. The man rushed toward the car with no thought of endangering himself. His rush of adrenaline provided a supernatural strength to lift the car from the little girl while others dragged her to safety.
We need a rush of adrenaline to perform a supernatural act. We must find supernatural strength, energy and courage if we are to save our society. In Christian circles we know this kind of empowerment comes through the empowering of the Holy Spirit. We need prayerful men empowered by the Spirit of God to ‘man up’. We need to build Spirit-filled churches that will be ‘shining lights upon a hill.” We need to build churches that will be healing center for the multitudes who are hurting. We need to transform our tabernacles from places of entertainment to places of true worship and repentance.
We need honorable men of integrity filled with supernatural discernment and strength to build such places. That means men will have to receive a vision and acquire a dream, a dream of bringing deliverance to a lost culture. It means some men will give up spending all their time on things that bring only satisfaction and pleasure to themselves. It means some men will dedicate themselves to a cause greater than themselves.
1 Corinthianians 16:13 “Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.”
Kevin Probst - Is a teacher of Apologetics and History at Calvary Christian School and Associate Pastor of Crosspointe Nazarene Church church in Columbus, Georgia.