In the ongoing debate around good or bad masculinity, this has mostly been couched in “secular” terms. This article brings to mind the lost vision for masculinity, that is one based on the Christian Man. Here are 5 “P” words to help in that description:
Persistence in Faith A Christian man is one who stands firm in their faith. Not tossed to and fro by the eaves of post modernism, doubt or the temptations of the world. The Christian man provides the example to his family through his life of faith. A life of bible reading. A life of Prayer. A life of Service. A life of Good works.
Prayer A Christian man is a man a prayer. One who stands in the gap for their family in spiritual warfare and bringing the needs of their family before the God of the Universe.
Provision A Christian man is one who knows his call from God. A call the ensures his family is cared for. Ensuring their physical needs are met. They don’t have to be the sole bread winner, or may choose alternative parenting paths with their wife, but their responsibility is to ensure that the housing, schooling, sustenance and clothing needs are met between them. They are a man that ensures that their wife and children’s emotional needs are met. And they do this by being the ‘present’ husband and father, not someone always absent or distant from the family. A man who knows how to deal with tough times through faith in God, trust in His Word and Prayer. By ensuring his leadership as a Christian man shines through in his home, his relationships and his workplace.
Purposeful A Christian man’s life is one that is purposeful and planned. Planned by God for good works. Not a life that is focussed on self, sin and worldly pleasures.
The list of “P”s can go on into a variety of character virtues, patience, peace but hopefully as you read this you may find a better view of masculinity through the eyes of a “Christian” man. And if you are not a Christian and you are finding things tough out there … today is the day of salvation. “He who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved”
For the studious readers, some scriptures to review on each topic:
Persistence – 1 Cor 16:13; 2 Chron 20:17; James 1:12 Rom 12:11-12; 2 Thess 2:16-17;
Prayer – Phil 4:6; 1 Tim 2:8; Eph 6:18; Col 4:3;
Provision – 1 Tim 5:8; 2 Cor 9:8; 2 Peter 1:3; Matt 6:33; John 10:10;
Purpose – Eph 2:10; Jer 29:11; Col 1:16; Eccl 3:1; Rom 8:28;