In a world seeking definitions of strength and heroism, the call to Christian men has never been clearer.
The idea of a Christian man has evolved over time. However, one thing remains steadfast: the Christian man is a beacon of protection, strength, and unwavering faith. His spirit creates a sanctuary for women, children, and the church, while also unsettling the wicked and challenging demons.
This isn’t about physical prowess or a display of masculinity that is laced with bravado. Rather, this is a strength that resonates with the soul. The Bible reminds us to, “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13). But what does it mean to “act like men”?
Diving into the scriptures, Apostle Paul, rooted in Old Testament tales, reminds us of the heroism of figures like Joshua, Moses, and David. Their tales were not merely of physical bravery but of spiritual and moral fortitude.
In the time of Joshua, before stepping into the Promised Land, the call was clear: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). The message is clear: strength and courage come from the faith in God’s omnipresent protection.
This strength is not the might that seeks to overpower or dominate. It’s the might of a protective father, a loyal son, and a faithful follower of God. The strength that stands up for what is right, that shields the weak, and leads with love. It’s the kind of strength that even demons recognize and respect.
In today’s age, there seems to be a diluted definition of strength. Some mistake meekness for weakness. They argue that gentleness and love have no place in the face of challenges. Yet, figures like King David could find harmony in playing the harp while also wielding a sling. And Jesus, who welcomed children with open arms, didn’t shy away from driving out those who desecrated His Father’s temple.
In the past, voices like Charles Spurgeon observed the diminishing boldness among believers. He emphasized that while modesty is a virtue, so is courage in the face of challenges.
Our battle in today’s world is not just against physical adversaries, but against ideologies, biases, and false teachings. It’s a battle of words and beliefs. This fight needs men who aren’t afraid to speak the truth, even if it’s unpopular or deemed politically incorrect. It’s a call to rise above the “soul-destroying politeness” and champion the truth of Christ.
But one cannot forget the importance of brotherhood in this journey. Men need to sharpen one another, challenging and encouraging each other to rise above. They need to embrace growth, confront sin, and march forward as Christian soldiers. It’s about creating an environment where men can encourage each other to be better, rather than remain stagnant in their spiritual journey.
In conclusion, God’s call to masculinity is rooted in Christian values. It’s not about the strength that the world knows, but about the strength that comes from God. A Christian man knows that his strength is meaningless without God. He’s called to act not out of arrogance, but out of humility and love. So, let us rise, stand firm in our faith, serve, love, and act like Christian men.