With this verse Paul begins his final exhortation to the Corinthians. Some translations remove the “act like men” section or replace it with “be courageous,” but regardless, the point is clear that Christian men are called to act like men. Manhood is summed up for us as: alert, firm in faith, courageous, and strong. Too often men see Christianity as the antithesis of these attributes; many see Christian masculinity as passive, neutral, scared, and weak.
When we look to the Bible we see true men of faith. David, the mighty warrior, danced before the Lord. Gideon, the scared weakling, led the Army of the Lord. Elijah called down fire from heaven and killed the Lord’s enemies. The apostles spread the Gospel to the ends of the Earth and were joyfully martyred in various, creative ways as they went. They were by no means perfect, but they were counted as men. This list goes on: Abraham, Issac, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Elisha, Samuel, Nathan, Daniel, Jeremiah, Ezra, Nehemiah, John the Baptist, Paul, and Timothy; to name just a few.
Then in Jesus we find our ultimate example; Faultless but willingly becoming our sacrifice so we could be reunited with God. He took our punishment. He was the only one who could. Weak, passive men? Where? Not in my Bible. A man of God is strong because God is strong, alert because God is watching, courageous because God is on his side, and faithful because God is faithful.
Our Trail Life USA Troop was chartered as Florida Troop 1613 in reference to this verse. It stands as a reminder of our calling as men. It stands as a trail marker for our boys. If you are a man who wants to influence the next generation, get plugged in with our Troop. Do you have sons? Join us. We are striving to raise alert, faithful, courageous, and strong men; to turn the tide and act like men ourselves. Help us lead the next generation into their future as men of God.
Our Open House will be January 18, 2020 at 10:00am in the Social Hall. To learn more about Trail Life USA and our newly formed troop, see the links below.