I find it ironic today, that while audiences long for reality in their media that is filled with aggressive & violent behavior, their own lives are becoming less real and more complacent. Now this may surprise you, but I don’t think this propensity toward violence is entirely bad. Let me explain: Men are warriors are heart. That is why they love their football teams, they love to watch the ball hit out of the park, or that diving save at the goal. Men in the 21st century have been tamed and reduced to mere spectators.
I love what John Eldredge wrote in his book, Wild at Heart, a must read for every man:
“A man must have a battle to fight, a great mission to his life that involves and yet transcends even home and family. He must have a cause to which he is devoted even unto death, for this is written into the fabric of his being. That is why God created you–to be his intimate ally, to join him in the Great Battle.”
The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 16, “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” It is noteworthy to mention that this quote comes from a Philistine out of the book of 1st Samuel who is challenging his comrades to step up and act like men so they don’t become enslaved to others. In the NT the Apostle Paul quotes this same truth but the meaning of the words change in the Greek. To “quit ye like men” implies the gathering of moral conviction with the exercise of manly valor.
It is time for us to join the King of kings and Lord of lords in this Great Battle that requires our complete devotion–it is time to quit ye like men!