Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Great Commission.3

"No one who puts his hand to the plough, 
and then looks back, 
is suitable for the kingdom of God."

I asked a young man recently, "Do you think Jesus came to make us  good "Christians" or good men?  

The question brings to mind an event I read in Mark Steyn's "After America":
[on Dec 6, 1989]
MarcLépine walked into an engineering classroom at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique with a gun and told all the men to leave the room.  They meekly did as ordered.  He then shot all the women....The defining image of contemporary maleness is not Monsieur Lepine but the professors and the men in that classroom, who, ordered to leave by the lone gunman, obeyed, and abandoned their female classmates to their fate--an act of abdication that would have been unthinkable in almost any other culture throughout human history.  The "men" stood outside in the corridor and, even as they heard the first shots, they did nothing.  And, when it was over and Levine walked out of the room and past them, they still did nothing.  Whatever its other defects, Canadian manhood does not suffer from an excess of testosterone."
Mr. Steyn uses multiple examples of the shift in expectations, attitudes and behaviors of the male species throughout the modern world. 

If the highest and most noble demonstration of manhood is love; and the highest of which love is capable is to lay your life down for another, we are failing most miserably who look back-or around-to get our bearings for manhood from anyone but Jesus himself. 
"And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul..." (Deuteronomy 10:12)

If you want to be right, love right.  And to love right, love a righteous man!  Love The Righteous Man!  Trust me, you'll keep your furrows straight!