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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Boys Will Be Boys (and the Fans Love It)

How has [a study of Jesus' life and death] affected your views of masculinity? How can you be more like Jesus? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1484).

As a man, I'm glad Jesus cleared the Temple and overturned the tables of the money changers all the while slamming them with verbal hooks to the ego. That's the kind of adrenalin I can sink my teeth into. Unfortunately for my brawl bias, Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane also said “Put away your sword...Those who use the sword will die by the sword.” Certainly if there were a promising stage for a bench-clearing brawl, it would have been then.

Well then, what does Jesus have to teach men? How can we possibly be persuaded by such statements as love your enemy and turn the other cheek?

What we must come to understand is that Jesus was no ordinary man. He had coolant in his veins. And we have to reluctantly admit, there are times when cooler heads win. My personal prayer is that in the days ahead, circumstances will favor cooler heads and that we boys beyond hope of saving will find salvation nevertheless.

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