I can’t stand it any more. I have to say something. I am frustrated with the type of commitment I am seeing from the guys in our our youth group. I don’t even think I can blame this on theology as much as as on society. I mean really, what was the last good “Man Movie’ you saw? Consider your choices
- The Hangover
- Hot Tub Time Machine
- Anything with Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, or Adam Sandler
- And don’t get me started on Matthew McConaughey
Think about the men in these movies. They are all complete morons. They are uncommitted, drunken, sex craved deviants. This is what is shaping today’s young men’s character. We’ve made a full switch from the 80’s I grew up in where there were men in movies like:
- Dirty Harry
Now, these movies had their own problems in that they had too much violence, or swearing, etc. They showed guys as thugs or that we only knew one way to handle things. In their defense, it takes less energy to tone a young man down than to get him to man up. In addition, however warped some of these movies were, they seemed to esteem some man values. There were rules, justice, and even compassion. We now live in an age where men are more metro, listen to screamo, and guy-liner. Did we have our share of deviant movies? Oh yeah. Is my age showing? Yep. Much of this is perception, but I am deeply concerned about the new manliness that is portrayed in our culture.
In a recent seminar at YS, led by Mark Helsel, I learned that :
- 39% of men make up a congregation
- 90% of men leave the church by age 20. (some come back later and stats differ)
This being true, it burned me to the core. I went back to our church and God hatched a plan in my heart. I don’t have many basketball players in my group so I chose to take March Madness and turn into March Man-Ness. We did a full court press in man games, man messages, and all around manliness. This is a start. No dramatic changes yet. We are moving toward a Christian brotherhood that will rally around the the cause of Christ. Men love a good revolt. I’m not sure I can do a fulll “How To Get Your Boys to Man Up” session yet , but I am working on it.
Here is my March-Maness Plan , if you can glean from it, great. Got some add on ideas? Let me know. Here’s to our young men discovering the God Man, Jesus and becoming more like Him. Let’s Man Up!