Our generation has lost what it means to be a man. This problem is well-noted by many in society, from churches to social commentators to websites like Art of Manliness that focus on teaching modern day men to recover what has been lost. Men have become accustomed to being takers and not givers, which has helped contribute to the breakdown in the family. Many of society’s ills can be traced back to this breakdown, especially considering that the greatest indicator for poverty is marital status. Men have abdicated their responsibility, so I thought it would be beneficial to look at three important ways that men have failed women, especially in this generation.
#3. We Stopped Working
The Problem: We treat our lives outside of a “job” as a recreational opportunity, devoid of responsibility.
The Analysis: Brett McKay of Art of Manliness has written how modern man’s dilemma is that…
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Can you imagine the people gathering around and harassing God for not giving people equal opportunity to be priests? We don’t really know who God is, and we don’t know what true equality is. Let us seek forgiveness for our foolishness and arrogance.
16 The LORD said to Moses, 17 “Say to Aaron: ‘For the generations to come none of your descendants who has a defect may come near to offer the food of his God. 18 No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed; 19 no man with a crippled foot or hand, 20 or who is a hunchback or a dwarf, or who has any eye defect, or who has festering or running sores or damaged testicles. 21 No descendant of Aaron the priest who has any defect is to come near to present the food offerings to the LORD. He has a defect; he must not come near to offer the food of his God. 22 He may eat the most holy food of his God, as well as the holy food; 23 yet because of his defect, he must not go near the curtain or approach the altar, and so desecrate my sanctuary. I am the LORD, who makes them holy.’” –Leviticus 21:16-23
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Well folks I would like to start this post out with an apology. I have not posted in quite some time; instead I have been enjoying time with friends and family, shooting, snowboarding, and eating turkey. I procrastinated a good bit more then I should have and feel pretty bad about that. I hope ya’ll don’t mind too much.
Something else that took up a good bit of time was the drive to the state of Washington. The weather was actually a bit rough, took me about 3 days and I had to use 4 wheel drive a few times to get out of the snow. Well so there I was, driving on slick roads, going through Wyoming I think it was, sun going down, just in my eyes. A big old semi comes barreling by, and I’m on a bridge of course. Sounds like I’m making it up but I had a good number of what I thought where close calls. Perhaps I am merely not as gung-ho as I used to be back in the day, but I definitely got a bit nervous a few times.
Now all that got me to thinking; as a Christian, death shouldn’t really be too scary right? I mean come on, you die and go to heaven….though we don’t know exactly what it’s like; we do know it’s pretty dang good. So what’s the big deal? Is it an indicator of weak faith? The Apostles and plenty of Christians since their time have given their lives up for Christ and the Gospel. If we know that death has been conquered, and truly believe it, then should our reaction to it not be different? Or is there a fine line here that needs to be sought, I leave it all open to discussion.
I want to end with on a bit of a sobering note; though it’s the holidays, and we are all spending time with family and friends, and nobody likes a kill joy. I ask the reader to stop for a moment, and consider life and death. Not the typical question of ‘do you know where you will go when you die.’ No, with great big family reunions and people catching up with family and friends they haven’t seen in years….do you know where they are going? Let us not get carried away with the holidays, for the Christian business is a serious business, for the stakes are permanent and eternal. Nonetheless, I hope I haven’t ruined your appetite, so to speak, pray that peace and grace be with you this holiday season.
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VISTA, Calif., Feb. 5 /Christian Newswire/ — “Anti-Christian hostility is getting increasingly deadly as this week’s tragic events demonstrate,” said Dr. Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission. “The increasing demonization of Christians in our culture makes some feel its open season on Christians.”
According to the Boynton Beach police, simply sharing the word of God on the street is what brought two ministers to the man who killed them. Tite Sufra, 24, and Stephen Ocean, 23, were shot and killed Saturday night after meeting Jeriah Woody, 18. They witnessed to Woody for fifteen minutes when he got a phone call and told the preachers he ‘had to go.’ As they walked away, Woody suddenly started walking back toward them. Sufra walked up to greet him and was killed with a shot gun blast at point blank range. When Ocean ran, he was shot in the back. After he fell, Woody shot him in the head execution style. Woody was arrested Wednesday and is charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
I know this news is kind of late, but I feel this is something we need to be aware of, if you would like to keep reading click the link below.
via Two Christians Murdered for Witnessing in Boynton Beach – Christian Newswire.
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Due to the Rob Bell/Francis Chan debate, about whether or not Hell exists, and is universal salvation something we can believe in, are on the table and up for serious discussion I hope to tackle these books and issues over the next few months. Erasing Hell by Francis Chan and the related topic will be discussed over the course of the next few months, as time permits. To some, it may seem like a rather trivial thing really, I mean as long as we believe in the same God and worship and pray to the same God, what is really the problem right?
Well, part of the problem is a faulty view of God and of man. The balance between human free will and God’s complete sovereignty is crucial. Neither extremes are correct, and it is a paradoxical truth that we must come to terms with. To go so far as to say that God is in complete control and that I can’t help what I do, removes all responsibility, and yet their are those that advocate that mentality. But on the opposite side of the spectrum we have the “It’s all me, and my choice” aspect, which is also equally wrong.
We have a free will, and yet, confusingly, God is in complete control, so that in a sense…we have no control and nothing to worry about…yet in another sense, we are completely responsible. Perhaps I am confusing everyone, let me try again if I may.
Now this may not seem right, or fair…but it is both Biblical and accurate from my understanding. Essentially to sum it all up, I am completely responsible for my sin, even though God is in complete control and places me where He wants me in life, etc…I am totally responsible for my sinful decisions. But when I become a Christian, and I change and start doing works of righteousness and good…I cannot take credit for that. It is because of Him and Him alone. Now many may view this as an extremely negative view of mankind, but it is accurate, we can not boast, though we do try. Many people get the whole thing mixed up focusing too much on one and not the other…when both are accurate if balanced out and seen in relation to the other.
There is a danger that happens when we stare too intently at one and not the other…there is a fine line and we must find it…
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