It has been far too long since I posted anything so please bear with me as I work the kinks out!
I feel that there is a strong duplicity in the image of what a man is supposed to be. The picture of a man that we so often see is one of strength, someone who is not afraid to fight, who is not a sissy. On the extreme side the image that comes to mind is that of the ultimate fighting competitors. It seems like the world almost tells you that if you can’t stand in a ring and go toe to toe with someone until one of you is bloody and gives up, you are not a real man.
On the other side is the image of a man that God gives us.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves ith compassion, kindless, humility, gentleness and patience.” Col 3:12
“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
God does not tell us that we have to be a physical bad ass, but that we must act justly and kindly with love and humility. He does tell us to fight, but not physically (necessarily), spiritually!
“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith.” 1 Tim 3:11-12
We need to fight for God not by knocking people out, but by knocking out their fears and preconceptions of God so that we can help them find salvation. Don’t forget that God will alway fight for you if you are following him faithfully (Ex 14:14, Deut 3:22, Neh 4:20). I’m not saying that if someone was threatening my family I wouldn’t step in physically, but the act of physical fighting and toughness is not what defines us as men. We are defined by our spiritual strength, our mental toughness to stay focused on God in a world that constantly tries to pull us away, and our devotion to God who fights for us every day.