For Men

A page dedicated to the radical idea that men of character are still important in today’s society.

Of course Jesus had a lot of manly things to say.

To those all wrapped up in their earthly possessions he says, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what will a man give in return for his life?” Matthew 16:24-26

To the disciples who were arguing about who would be the greatest he said, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:42-45

And finally, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:24-27 Comment: You want to be a manly man and protect your family? Then build it on the Word of God.

We take further inspiration from Jonathan, the eldest son of Saul, the first king of Israel.

In I Samuel 14 Jonathan, and just one other person, his armor-bearer, attack the Philistine army. As the basis for his boldness Jonathan says, “Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving by many or by few.”

This theme is repeated over and over again in Scripture. Noah, Gideon and Elijah come to mind right off the bat. As noted in Acts 17:6, the twelve apostles of the Lord, “turned the world upside down,” with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Jonathan’s best friend, David, showed this same boldness in taking on Goliath as recorded in I Samuel 17.

Too often good people fail to act because they think they are outnumbered and will not be successful. This is what the forces of evil want us to believe: don’t even try because you are outnumbered. Jonathan knew he was outnumbered but stepped forth in the name of the Lord anyway and initiated a great victory for the Israelites.

Jonathan’s life also shows that a person can lead a God-pleasing life even if their parents aren’t godly. Jonathan’s father Saul started out as a good king but eventually became arrogant and ungodly so the kingship was torn from him.

Jonathan remained faithful to his father, to God and also to David, even though David was anointed to be the next king in place of Jonathan.

Jonathan’s story also proves that people will crawl out of the holes in which they are hiding and expose themselves to danger if they have good leadership. See I Samuel 14:11 & 22.

One common misunderstanding about men is that they don’t like to sing. On the contrary, men love to sing, they just need the right song. Please enjoy our collection of SONGS MEN LOVE TO SING!

 

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME

Take me out to the ballgame, take me out to the crowd;

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack, I don’t care if we never get back.

So it’s root, root, root for the home team, if they don’t win it’s a shame;

For it’s one, two, three strikes you’re out at the old ball game!

FROG WENT A-COURTIN’

Frog went a-courtin’ he did ride, uh-huh

Frog went a-courtin’ he did ride, uh-huh,

Frog went a-courtin’ he did ride, a sword and pistol by his side, uh-huh!

This is a Scottish folk song from 1548. It has several more verses but doesn’t the image of going courting with a sword and pistol by your side just make you long for the good old days?

TIE ME KANGAROO DOWN, SPORT

(Spoken Intro: There’s an old Australian stock man, lying, dying. And he gets himself up on one elbow, and he turns to his mates who are gathered around him and he says(sings):

1. Tie me kangaroo, down, sport, tie me kangaroo down. Tie me kangaroo down. Tie me kangaroo down, sport, tie me kangaroo down.

Watch me wallaby’s feed, mate, watch me wallaby’s feed. They’re a dangerous breed, mate, so watch me wallaby’s feed.

CHORUS: All together now! Tie me, tie me, tie me kangaroo down. Tie me, tie me, tie me kangaroo down!

2. Keep me cockatoo cool, Curl. keep me cockatoo cool. Dont go actin’ the fool, Curl, just keep me cockatoo cool.    CHORUS

3. Take me koala back, Jack, take me koala back. He lives somewhere out on the track, Mac, so take me koala back.   CHORUS

4. Let me abos go loose, Lew, let me abos go loose. They’re of no further use, Lew, so let me abos go loose.    CHORUS

5. Mind me platypus duck, Bill, mind me platypus duck. Don’t let him runnin’ a-muck, Bill, so mind me platypus duck.    CHORUS

6. (Slowly with feeling) Play your didgeridoo, Blue, play your didgeridoo. Play until it shoots through, Blue, play your didgeridoo.

7. Tan me hide when I’m dead, Fred, tan me hide when I’m dead. So we tanned his hide when he died, Clyde, (spoken) and that’s what’s hangin’ in the shed!    CHORUS

There’s nothing like singing this song in a large group of men!

On a more sober note, here is a description of what it is like without a father in the home. It comes from a speech delivered by Anthony Daniels at Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan on May 20, 2014.

In the course of my duties, [as a physician working with poor families in Britain], I would often go to patients’ homes. Everyone lived in households with a shifting cast of members, rather than in families. If there was an adult male resident, he was generally a bird of passage with a residence of his own somewhere else. He came and went as his fancy took him. To ask a child who his father was had become an almost indelicate question. Sometimes the child would reply, “Do you mean my father at the moment?” Others would simply shake their heads, being unwilling to talk about the monster who had begot them and whom they wished  at all costs to forget.

I should mention a rather startling  fact: By the time they are 15 or 16, twice as many children in Britain have a television as have a biological father living at home. The child may be father to the man but the television is father to the child. Few homes were without television screens as large as a cinema – sometimes more than one – and they were never  turned off, so that I often felt I was examining someone in a cinema rather than in a house. But what was curious was that these homes often had no means of cooking a meal, or any evidence of a meal ever having been cooked beyond the use of a microwave, and no place at which a meal could have been eaten in a family fashion. The pattern of eating in such households was a kind of foraging in the refrigerator, as and when the mood took, with the food to be consumed sitting in front of one of the giant television screens.”

LINKS

lhmmen.org – The men’s ministry branch of Lutheran Hour Ministries

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