Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Rite of Passage

The Just 18 Summers blog picked up my article called "Act Like Men." It describes how I used our son's thirteenth birthday to teach him lessons about manhood . . . 

“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.  Let all that you do be done in love.” So Paul exhorts the Corinthians in his first letter (16:13-14).

We live in a day that often lacks a clear understanding of biblical masculinity. Society does not offer a strong definition to boys of what it means to be a man. The examples in pop culture, sports, and politics often show weak and pitiful models of sensuality, selfishness, and foolishness. However, the church, and more specifically, Christian fathers, can carry the torch of challenging the next generation to be godly men.

So if the Bible challenges us to “act like men,” we should be able to answer definitively, “What is a man?” Robert Lewis’ excellent work challenging fathers to raise their sons to be godly men influenced me a great deal several years ago. Focus on the Family airs Lewis at least once a year, and I commend his resources to you: Raising a Modern Day Knight and Raising Sons to Be Honorable Men. I crafted the following definition of manhood for my sons (modifying Lewis’ definition and making it my own):

Read the entire article here at Just 18 Summers.

Image used by permission from Pixabay.

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