M.O.G: Man of God What does that look like in our culture today? According to the media, movies and countless magazine covers, a man today is suppose to be unapologetically hard charging, money hungry, a wooer of the ladies, spends like its going out of fashion and suppose to partake in addictive behaviors. Whether that is booze, drugs, or numerous types of sexual behaviors. In a culture where the lazy are glorified as just having fun, in a culture where sleeping with multiple partners because the slogan is "hate the game, not the player,"and in a culture where drinking and partying is fashionable. Where are you suppose to fit in if you don’t do these type of things or behaviors? Why is it if you do the right thing, work hard, have a consistent relationship, become financially independent and tithe, that you are looked at as uptight or just plain WEIRD? Why is that? Life has many different obstacle and tests that were orchestrated for you and your path, but why is a "Man of God" looked down upon?
In our media today, the godly man is ridiculed for his faith without even getting a so called “chance.” Look at Tim Tebow in our media today, he is a football player that is unapologetic about his faith in Christ. He draws unwarranted criticism for a rookie second year player, mind you he is just starting his career in the NFL but he gets mocked or shunned by those in the media for being a "Man of God." Our media wants the Tim Tebow’s of the world to keep that type of “praying before a game” off the field and in the churches that are scattered across our great country, but why? Is it in the NFL rules that a player can not demonstrate his faith on the field, is it in the football “code of conduct” that he not be able to kneel on the field before God. Is it just not right to be the guy that prays at the end of game with his own team and players from opposing team in a pray circle for their thanks to God? More importantly, is he hurting anyone emotionally or physically by doing these things? Of course not, then why all the controversy?
I believe that the media likes to mock players with this kind of behavior because they believe that people should leave that kind of behavior for the churches and synagogues. In the book of Matthew 5:13 it says, “You are the salt of the earth,” and because of that a Christian individual is suppose to not separate from God things like career, relationships and activities. But to be the “salt” in all those areas and by doing that their will not be a clear line between the two areas, and more like a intertwining of all aspects of life.
Let me explain it this way, picture a man that checks the coat of his salvation at the door before going to his place of work. The man spreads hurtful gossip around the office, takes frequent 15 minute breaks to the bathroom to play the next level on angry birds, then grabs paper, pencils and pens for his office at home because he thinks to himself, "they can afford it anyway, right?" From there the man heads home and grabs that coat of salvation on his way out to head home to his lovely family that he perceives to know him as a Godly individual. Is the man truly saved or is he just being a liar to himself and to his family? Ultimately, you can not be one individual in one place and a totally different at the other because it will confuse you and eventually you will slip up and will be caught.
So what does a “Man of God” look like and how can it be attained? It is really quite simple, an individual must be consistent in all areas of life, an individual must do the right thing even when no one is looking, an individual must seek the lord with an open heart and from there it will start the ball rolling on being a person your heavenly father would be proud of. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith” Hebrews 12:1-2. You have a “race” engineered for you, and you can let it take you closer to God or the complete opposite. I understand that with a fixed gaze on our lord that strength is possible to attain because it can not be done alone, especially in our culture today.
We have more information then ever at our finger tips, more technology then ever before, more ways to connect to others for support but I would argue we are just as troubled then ever before. When you are the “salt” of your organization, family, friends and clubs you can let the holy spirit work through you, but if you decide to check that coat of salvation at the door, you rob yourself from truly having a connection with God. “For the foundations of the earth are the LORD’s; on them he has set the world. He will guard the feet of his faithful servants” 1 Samuel 2:8-9. Understand you are not in control and you are ahead of the majority of the population, and walking with the lord in every moment of your life, He will enable you to slowly become a “Man of God.” Nevertheless, as we have seen others take flack from our media and culture, if you draw this kind of attention, remember that means your on the right track and this type of Godly mindset will be rewarded.
Be the "salt of the world" in every aspect of your life, and till later live with faith, hope and love because you are magnificent and God is with you always!
About the Author: My purpose in life to help as many people as possible realize there full potential, with the clean, positive and influential lessons from the past. I\'m a firm believer that if it has been done before, the you or me with a little disciple and teaching can do the same things. Have determination, have dedication, be goal oriented and most importantly follow God, and you will have everything in this world you want. Like Zig Ziglar said \"you can really have everything in this world you want, if you just help enough other people get what they want.” That is because true happiness comes when you do for others, and if you learn one thing from these time tested strategies then I have fulfilled my purpose. Success indeed leaves clues, model them and follow them, and god will reward you for your efforts. This is about you, “for the greatest among you must become the servant of all,” and I’m a servant to one and to all. Sharing lessons of old to anyone willing to use them. Find me on the web at http://dailylivinggodsway.blogspot.com/