Tonight, I heard yet another story of a man in leadership being charged with sexual abuse. We are, unfortunately, familiar with the narrative. Then the news reporter took an interesting turn and went on to ask questions about the future of men in leadership. I listened to the answer, but it was the question that stuck with me.
Men, the cultural odds seem stacked against you. I’m sorry that you are so often portrayed as weak and ignorant or as chauvinistic and domineering. I’m sorry that many of the rising stars in male leadership across culture give you all a bad rap.
You don’t need me to tell you that you are strong. I think you probably know it deep inside. But, just in case, I wanted to say that I believe that the future of Christian men is bright.
See, there’s this man named Jesus. He was powerful too. But he never pushed people around or abused people with His power. Instead he bent down and washed their feet and invited them follow Him. He never coerced or manipulated or trampled over people to increase his reach. Instead he freely gave of Himself to save people who couldn’t save themselves. It was strength under control. It was strength put in service to the weakest of people.
And in all of His goodness and kindness, He is not soft. He uses that same strength to crush evil and give unstoppable wings to good. He brings justice where there is none. He brings evil into the light.
And, brothers, thats the kind of strength that runs through your veins. In a world gone mad, where the men selfishly use their strength and influence to take advantage of the weaker, you are completely different. You’re the ones who will protect the vulnerable. You’re the ones who faithfully serve your family in the mundane. You will cross mountains and oceans to rescue the weak. You will use your voice for the innocent. You will stand up for good. You will shun evil.
Go get ’em!!
We, your sisters, are cheering for you.