A Man! What is a man? He's sometimes hard to recognize in 2010, what with emo-hair in his face, or long flowing rockstar hair, ya know "The same old cliches, is that a woman or a man?" haha What a shame.
Even GOD HIMSELF told Job to gird his loins up like a man, so the Good Lord DOES expect something from a man, not all of this sad excuse, effeminate, can't make a decision, can't hold a hammer or shoot a gun, skinny-jeans wearing, panzy, late on child support nonsense! lol Anyways.
Its' sad enough that were so subnormal in this generation, you can hardly see a real man, and half the time you settle for a caricature of a real man, like John Wayne or Clint Eastwood. But beyond the feminization of the modern man, and the demasculization and emasculation of males, there is also the lack of understanding that a man is ONLY a man. Nothing more. Jesus is man and God, the rest of us are just men. We don't have absolute perfection and sinlessness, we don't walk on de water ; )
You can find a good man, a man to be an example. a man to show you how to make the best of this crazy world. A man who can show you how to be a good person despite all your flaws and to have courage despite all your fears, to do more good than harm, and to own up to your mistakes. To have some principles. Even a good man is a kind of anti-hero. Out of all the tough-guys we can look up to (though they get fewer and fewer nowadays) You won't find anyone who could bear the cross that Jesus bore, or march into Jerusalem knowing they'd all be yelling crucify Him by that night. There is no one quite like Him, but there are those making their best effort.
One of the simplest things that I've learned is this "You can't save anybody" Another saying, "Jesus Saves" Yep, Jesus saves. I don't. I can't. It's hard to turn around and carry on with your life when somebody you care about is destroying themselves, but all I can do, as a man, is point the way out to the God-Man. I can't save nobody and neither can you, you can try, but trust me, it's futile.
One of the tings that kills me, is that some people don't think of me as just another man. I got feelings, burdens, dreams, dissapointments and a temper, just like ANY other man. I wish people would accept that. and Understand that just like you are concerned about your needs, and just like you sometimes get angry or have to stand up for your rights, so do I!
A pastor is a man. a Leader is a man. heck, even Brother Hardman, is a man! We put so much pressure on these guys expecting them to be nothing but a CONSTANT example for us. Thank God for their god example and their character, but we aren't gonna get anywhere until we see that were to learn from everybody, but were to be the disciples of Christ alone! The Church isn't about that particular Pastor, or your favorite Bible teacher, you walk with God, isn't about your favorite christian author....it's about Christ. He is to have the pre-eminence. When will Christianity go back to being about Christ and His Word? I'm just a Sunday School teacher and I feel I'm held up to constant scrutiny, geesh, imagine being a Pastor. A man is a man. He needs prayer, encouragement and cooperation not psychotic expectations and selfish, ego-centric demands!
I think this is the introduction to my future blogs on MANHOOD. We're gonna talk about what a man is from the Bible perspective, now if you've never read the Good Book, you probably think I'm gonna write about the Church-boy, the choir Boy, sunday school teacher, and how men in church need to be "Mr. Right" and do the laundry and wash the dishes, have lace on their undies, and be quick to apologize. But no, were gonna look at some dudes, like Samson, David, Jonathan, Gideon, and Elijah and Moses. Let me assure you, these men weren't the sissies you see in your average denominational Church n a sunday morning. And we'll talk about John the Baptist, why, that barbarian didn't even own a tie ; )