Where Are You Men of Courage?
That famous line from the movie “Courageous” is a challenge to many of us as fathers to stand up and be godly examples for our families, and others around us. Today, in a very similar way, I want to take that challenge and make it much more specific to a serious issue of spiritual growth and a fight that all men face: the fight for sexual integrity.
For most men, each day is an all-out visual assault of sensual images: TV, billboards, magazines, etc. It’s been well documented that the increased presence of the internet in our lives today has made this worse with the increased availability of pornography. To add to the challenge, more and more people use smartphones and tablets. The internet and all that comes with it now fits in your pocket, and is with you everywhere you go. A lot of men feel trapped by this situation, caught in behaviors that the Holy Spirit convicts them to hate, but too overcome by shame to seek out the help they desperately need.
If you are in this situation today, I want to first offer you hope.
1 Corinthians 10:13 states, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” If you are caught in this struggle today, know that God only allows temptations He knows you can overcome together, and that He always provides a way out.
The second thing I want to offer is direction to the way out. I’ve always been told that “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” So, what’s your plan for battle? The book, “Every Man’s Battle” by Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker, and websites such as Covenant Eyes and XXXChurch are good places to start for battle plan ideas. Christian counseling is another option. Additionally, myself and the other ministers on staff are always willing and available to meet with you confidentially and help you start out on this path.
So, where are you men of courage? Are you ready to stand and fight?