Painting by Belynda Wilson Thomas
The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives. Albert Schweitzer
The other day I picked up a book Wild at Heart Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul by John Eldredge. In it, he quotes Robert Bly from Iron John. “Some women want a passive man if they want a man at all, the church wants a tamed man – they are called priests, the university wants a domesticated man they are called tenure track people, the corporation wants a …… sanitized man, hairless, shallow man.”
Is the heart of men driven out of them by our society? John Eldredge says in the heart of every man there are three deep desires that when disregarded cause men to lose their souls. These three desires are a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue.
My brothers got toy guns and loved them. My son never received a toy gun, but he made them out of lego and other things. One of the questions in this book is if Jesus was so dangerous he needed to be crucified, was he the kind of man portrayed to us?
Jordan Peterson talks about meek not being what we think. He tells us meek is something like, those who have power but have sheathed their swords. I think of people who are ready to defend themselves and stand up for what is right. This is one of the problems we have in our society. The meek, who are ready to do their duty, defend their families, and build a society, are the law-abiding citizens until they feel the laws they are asked to abide and defend are unfair and unjust.
When asked what was the most important virtue Maya Angelou replied, courage because without courage we won’t be strong enough to live any of the other virtues. It takes courage to take a stand in life and many of us find it admirable when people stand up for what they believe.
It is one of the reasons getting guns out of the hands of some people is a cause they will die for. They believe in holstering their gun, sheathing their sword, but they do not agree to be disarmed.
Freedom is useless if we don’t exercise it as character making choices… We are free to change the stories by which we live. Because we are genuine characters, and not mere puppets, we can choose our defining stories. We can do so because we actively participate in the creation of our stories. We are co-authors as well as characters. Few things are as encouraging as the realization that things can be different and that we have a role in making them so. Daniel Taylor
One of the problems is trusting those with sheathed swords or holstered guns to have discernment when to unholster, and unsheathe. We aren’t good at trusting others, and the news programs show us many incidences where unnecessary force and violence is used. If everyone has sheathed swords, and holstered guns have we made it a safer society or a more unsafe one?
It makes sense it is more unsafe. If you have a gun, I need a gun mentality will develop. If you don’t have a gun, I don’t need a gun is a far safer society.
The problem is there are so many examples in history where people needed to take up arms to deal with the tyranny they were subjected to. People worry tyranny may return and more likely to return to an unarmed populace than an armed one.
I grew up with parents ready to deal with whoever came to our door. Force was never required. We can overreact. The first night we moved into our house a young man put his hand through our sidelight. His friends were joyriding and overturned their jeep. He was looking for a phone in the middle of the night and only three homes were occupied in our neighborhood. We probably didn’t hear the doorbell, because we were dead beat. We woke up to the sound of shattering glass. What if the first thing we did when we heard shattering glass was shoot?
Are we courageous, and finding our purpose, or living lives of quiet desperation? Do we need to become more powerful in our own lives?
She was right that reality can be harsh and that you shut your eyes to it only at your peril because if you do not face up to the enemy in all his dark power, then the enemy will come up from behind some dark day and destroy you while you are facing the other way. Frederick Buechner
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