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+4I just want to start this with an apology for some things I may say, I have never shared something like this before and I'm sure that a large population of people that read it may be offended by it but I promise in no way am I meaning to disrespect the way you love God! I understand I am in no position to judge anyone I have just simply been nudged by God to express this idea... Okay, A Christian man is a man who loves God as number one in his life and is always honest and loving in everything he does... See the thing is that I honestly think that it is hard for people to want to be Christian men these days especially young men that haven't been exposed to much of any religion... I'll be honest growing up I didn't always have the best Christian influences, sure I'd get up every once in awhile and go to church with my granddad but it wasn't because I cared for church so much as I just wanted to be with the only father figure in my life at the time. My story isn't an easy one but my message isn't about me or the struggles that I had to overcome, I simply want to use my point of view to express what I see... See the way I see it is that why would a kid like me ever want to grow up and love God when my whole life I had never been exposed to that actual love or power of him? I grew up in a below average place with below averages expectations... All 3 of my childhood best friends are either in prison now or in and out of jail constantly. I was written out to be just another statistic... One more minority filling a jail cell. My home wasn't a Christian household, we never went to church and we never talked about God. There was arguing and there was times where no one talked for days at a time... The thing that I'm getting at isn't that you should feel sorry for me or anything like that... What you should be seeing is that I had absolutely no Christian influence for a long time in my life. Up until honestly maybe 4 years ago I didn't truly understand what we were supposed to be doing here in our time on this planet.. But that all is due to the fact that I had no reason to want to know God or even find out what Christianity was.. What I truly feel that God has put on my heart to share is where are the strong Christian men that once populated the church? Where did they go? All I see now a days are these hippie, soft, emotional, Christians? As I said before I know I am in no way in a position to judge but it is the only way to describe my point... When you were a child what did you want to be? A firemen or a police officer? Imagine seeing your police officer trying to stop a street fight by praying or crying? Or maybe your firemen that you wanted to be like being emotional and showing fear and just putting his hand out and praying while someone is in a burning building about to be burned alive and he is clearly the only one equipped to save that person... No! You want them to take a step forward and handle the situation they have been presented! God did NOT put us in this world to just use him as a crutch! The way I see it is that you should never ask for something you know you don't deserve or that you haven't earned... When you pray it shouldn't be God will you make this appear, it should be God please give me the strength to make this appear! See God didn't want spoiled children other wise he wouldn't advise us to worship him or anything like that. Prayer isn't a wish list... This is why I am so stuck on this question of where did the strong minded Christian men go? Not the ones who wear sandals to church and care about hitting the right note when singing worship. I am not out to just down those Christian who do act like that, but my problem with it all is that are those people going to be the men that kids are going to look up to? When I was a kid I loved superman and the closest person to superman was my uncle who was a firemen... I wanted to be just like him. I wanted to walk like him talk like him, I wanted to have the same life he did. Can you see how the influence of being that strong role model could change the world? How can kids in situations like mine find God when the only godly role models we have that are finding God and expressing it look like they are shopping in baby gap and or look like hippies and just seem feminine... I would have found God way sooner if more strong men presented there love for God more openly... I found God because I had coaches show me not by teaching me or telling me but by being an example of what it should look like... Just as I was as a kid I wanted to model myself in the mold of my coaches who not only were strong and manly but also loved God and were serious about it. They weren't going to be in anyway soft about their religion but they were going to show their love! See this is the type of Christian I feel that God wants me to inspire which is why my goal is to always be the Christian that I would look up to and be an example for kids to want to find God. The message isn't to Bash on the soft Christian men but to inspire those of us in positions of strength to prove that we are still here and that there is such thing as a Christian man and when I say that I mean a man who your grandad and his father before him could be proud of! God is number one and I pray that I shared this message clear and the way I felt God wanted it shared. Do you agree or disagree with my ideas?
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