Recently, prominent political science scholar,Charles Murray, who happens to be an agnostic, gave an interview in which he speculated that America will unlikely survive without a revival of the religious values that the Founders depended on to undergird the American Experience.
“The founders ……..were all nominally Christians,” observed Murray. “But they were absolutely, emphatically agreed that you cannot have a free society with a constitution such as the one they had created unless you are trying to govern a religious people. If you do not have religion as the controlling force, then the kinds of laws we have could not possibly work.”
Without religion there is no “intrinsic motivation” for people of behave morally. Murray goes so far as to hope for another “Great Awakening.” He notes, “we’ve had three of them at least, maybe four – [which] had very good effects. Those changed the behavior of the population in very positive ways. “
America, in Murray’s opinion, is “like the cartoon where the coyote is chasing the roadrunner and runs off the edge of the cliff and continues running without a problem for a while and then suddenly realizes where he is. He goes crashing to the ground. We have run off the edge of the cliff and we’re still running great. It’s not going to last very long. Decades.”
He give this exhortation that all Christian should hear and take to heart. “You can’t manufacture great people, male or female, just because you need it. You can hope that the occasion give rise to them. But it is hope, not a plan.”
These words should be like a trumpet sound to men. “Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand” (Joel 2:1). The last words from Mr. Murray are a call for men to reproduce other men for the days ahead.
I identify with Tony Evans and his call for “Kingdom men.” They are men who consistently operate under the rule of God in their lives. The invasion of the virus is, in Evans’ view, “an opportunity to call men back to what God wanted for men when He created them.”
Evans is encouraging men who understand the true definition of manhood to mentor other men, teaching them to become who God created them to be. He refers to Acts 3 where Peter and John healed a man who had been paralyzed since birth. “If you’re a lame man, you need a couple of men in your life to pick you up,” he points out. “If you’re not a lame man, you need to be picking someone else up.”
Many men today are not able by themselves to brake free from the shackles put on them by the whole notion of “toxic masculinity.” They have lost there sense of identity as a man. Evans call for the rising of kingdom men. We need to come together.
This blog site is a small sample of the trumpet being heard in the land. Men are waking up. There is an invasion of “invisible” enemy characterizes as the Father of lies (Satan) attempting to take men out. “Satan is determined to undermine men,” cries Evans. He wants to “destroy their God-given roles, and re-define the biblical definition of manhood because he wants to see the family unravel and society crumble.”
Men, find others who are willing to stand with you. “In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of his [boundless] might” (Eph. 5:10 -amp).