A Challenge to Ekklesia521 (Especially the Boys)

25 Aug

(image from http://www.marshillchurch.org)

Last month, Mars Hill Church in Seattle, put out a bunch of short blogposts on what the Bible says regarding biblical manhood.

From what I’ve noticed not only in my own life, but also through the lives of other men (and I would say especially so in Korean-American men), most guys fall into either one of two categories: (1) cowardly, whereby they constantly passively abdicate their responsibility to even take responsibility (you know who you are) or (2) chauvinistic, always trying to prove their masculinity by being an oppressive meathead (you know who you are).

The Bible defines biblical masculinity (or manhood) as embodying neither of these two options, but rather, it is one in which, in view of what Christ did for us – namely, taking responsibility for our sins – we take on responsibility not only for ourselves, but also for those we love.  In the words of Mark Driscoll:

The key is to understand the Gospel. The perfect man is Jesus. The man who we were supposed to be like is Jesus. Our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, comes into human history to live life as the perfect man—God-man to be sure, but perfect man nonetheless.

Men, you and I need to take our cue for masculinity from Jesus. The key to masculinity is this: Jesus takes responsibility for himself (he works a job), and he also takes responsibility for me. The cross is where Jesus substituted himself and died in my place for my sins. My sins are my fault—not Jesus’ fault—but Jesus has made them his responsibility.

This is the essence of the Gospel. If you understand this, it will change how you view masculinity.

Here is a list of links to the 29 short blog posts on the subject.  My challenge to all of those in Ekklesia521 – guys (in particular) and girls (in order that you may know what to look for in a future husband) – is to read and reflect on one blogpost a day for the next month.

Again, here’s the link to the page of all the links.

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