Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Real Men Love Jesus

We've all seen the bumper stickers, "Real Men Love Jesus." We've all passed that off as a trite cliche. But there is a lot of wisdom in that little statement. I ran across an article on the Grace To You Blog written by Phil Johnson that has not only convicted me, but encouraged me as well. What does being a man really look like? Johnson writes, 


"Compare the apostle’s vision of manly maturity with John Eldredge’s famous “sine qua non of manhood.” Eldredge says, “Deep in his heart, every man longs for a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue.”That is a little boy’s lie. That’s the stuff of children’s fantasies. You simply won’t find a description of manliness like that in Scripture. Instead, Scripture says what motivates real men is a love for the truth; a contempt for error; and a passion for being used by God in the work of snatching people from the grip of the father of lies."


Johnson goes on to write that being a man is all about growing in our love for the truth. He writes, 


Real manliness (“mature manhood”—Ephesians 4:13) is defined by Christlike character. Not just the Gentle-Jesus-meek-and-mild-style character, but the full-orbed fruit of the Spirit rounded out with strength, courage, conviction, and a stout-hearted willingness to oppose error and fight for the truth—even to the point of laying down your life for the truth if necessary.


You can read the rest of the article here. Let's be real men. Let's love Jesus and love His truth.