"The act of defending any of the cardinal virtues has today all the exhilaration of a vice."
- G.K. Chesterton
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Real Men, Real Christians! What does that mean? Real commitment to God, real commitment to the family of God, real commitment to one's own family. It means turning the other cheek at the proper time; it means chasing the money changers out of the temple when it's the proper time. It means caring for the widow and orphan; it means boldly confronting the very mob who has come to crucify you! It means being the peacemaking turtle dove; it means immitating the fiece Lion of Judah!
Ever hear of the "Manhattan Declaration"? It is a call of Christian Conscience is a manifesto issued by Orthodox, Catholic, and Evangelical Christian leaders to affirm support of "the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, and religious liberty". It was drafted on October 20, 2009 and released November 20, 2009, having been signed by more than 150 American religious leaders. On the issue of marriage, the declaration objects not only to same-sex marriage but also to the general erosion of the "marriage culture" with the spectre of divorce, greater acceptance of infidelity and the uncoupling of marriage from childbearing.
Ever read what John Paul II had to say about family and
marriage? Perhaps read something about his "Theology of the Body"?
About his insistence on men laying down their lives for their spouse and family
as Christ did for His, the Church? Theology for Beginners by Christopher West is a good introduction to this important truth!
Ever Read Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul? It's an excellent book about what it means to be a man, a genuine man and a genuine Christian! This is a big part of what we're about.
Ever hear anyone talk about why so many men hate going to church? About the feminization of Christianity? Aboutt the Lion of Judah being replaced by the cowardly lion? About the prophets shouting the truth from the rooftops being replaced by Mr. Rogers? The Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity by Leon J. Podles is a very straightforward and schollarly discussion of the subject.
Ever hear of Chuck Colson? Not only was he behind the Manhattan Declaration mentioned above, not only did he devote his life to effective prison ministry, he also did a lot of work to bring real Christians together to fight this battle! I highly recommend his book The Faith: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why It Matters.
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