For years I have been hearing coach-like rallying cries directed at Christian men. Cries that are loud, in-your-face, and macho. Cries like those you often hear yelled at a football game by coaches trying to get players “jacked up” for the big game.
And I wonder what effect these cries have on Christian men.
Do they lead men to humility, self-sacrifice, and a cruciform lifestyle?
Do they encourage men to get “jacked up” so they can “lead” by brute force?
I wonder which response is more likely.
My prayer is threefold —
May Jesus, Christ crucified, be the model for Christian husbands and fathers.
May the cross be a reminder of how we lay down our lives for those we love.
May Christian men be shaped more by the cross and less by the culture.