I know the subject du jour is the inauguration of Barack Obama as the first African-American president of the United States – and I am thrilled to be alive and engaged at a time like this. It is truly a historic moment and one that calls for thanks to God. But my heart’s burden is somewhere else today.
Last night I surprised myself when I challenged my Sunday night Bible Study group. I told them I would pay ten dollars to anyone who could bring a man – WITH HIS BIBLE! – to the Bible study. There is a grand absence of men in the realm of discipleship and spiritual warfare. For example, in a small group that will once again begin to meet on Monday nights, and only meets for 6-8 weeks twice a year, there are two men beside myself. Where are the mighty men of God who follow the most courageous, bold, world-changing man by the name of Jesus?
I’m at a bit of a loss. Many men seem to have made providing money for their families the greatest of all priorities, as if having a nice house and a great car will give their families and them some sense of security. No wonder men who lose their jobs have such a great rate of depression, it’s all they have that gives life meaning.
I think about the pilot who landed the plane in the Hudson River. His actions saved hundreds of lives. I know that men who help lead the church and lead life-changing ministries can do the same at the more important spiritual level. For that pilot there is only one way he was able to make that frightful but heroic landing – he was attentive to his task and stayed well-trained in his skills. For the men of the church it is the same. To be attentive to their relationship with God and to stay well-trained in the Word of God is essential, for when the engines you usually depend on fail you’ll need to know how to act in order to save lives – the lives of your families and friends and yourself.
I’m open for suggestions. How can I serve the spiritual needs of men and lead them to a greater, more life-changing, more adventurous existence? I believe the lives of many depend on it.
Holy high five to you, Mike.