What Do Men Want? Part 3
We are looking at a list of the three things I think men want…
- Something they can give their lives to—a cause
- Someone to share it with—relationships
- A System that gives a reasonable explanation for why 1 and 2 are so difficult
In the two previous Weekly Briefings we explored #1 and #2. This week let’s talk about #3.
I just heard about a man that seemed to have it all together.professing Christian, great career, lovely wife, and she was three months pregnant. He chucked to whole thing and left her last week.
On the way to finding Something we can give our lives to and Someone to share it with, we all find this to be true: Even if we have a crystal-clear calling and the world’s most perfect mate, it’s hard. We all must do our work while feeling the prick of thorns. This raises questions like?
- Why is life so hard?
- Will my life make a difference?
- How can I find peace in my relationships?
- If there is a God, does he know what I’m going through?
- If he knows, does he care?
- If he cares, can he do anything about?
Christianity is a system (a belief system) that perfectly explains why life is so hard, and what to do about it. The problem, however, is that every other system (philosophy, worldview, religion) also promises the same thing. And the good ones actually work-sometimes as long as 30 or 40 years. But all systems other than Christianity eventually fail, frequently at the worst possible moment, and often after you have given that system the best years of your life.
All systems other than Christianity rest on foundations that are not true. Then how do these false systems remain in existence? That’s because all systems have traces of truth-or they wouldn’t last ten minutes. As a philosophy professor of mine is fond of saying, “It takes a lot of truth to float an error.”
All belief systems other than Christianity are counterfeits. Which counterfeit dollar bill is most likely to make it into circulation? Isn’t it the one that looks most like the real thing? It’s the same with systems of belief. Obvious fakes are immediately exposed. The good fakes will keep deceiving until you lose everything that is important to you: your wife, your children, your peace, your health, your reputation, your integrity, and your money?
Christianity is the only system that is all true all the time. Fortunately, the Bible doesn’t describe a utopian world free of pain. That would make Christianity a wishful farce. Instead, the Bible describes the world exactly as we see it. The Bible describes a fallen world that needs a redeemer.
More importantly, the Bible describes how a man can rise above futility, sin, and despair and find peace, hope, and victory by surrendering his life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The irony of surrender is that it leads not to defeat but victory.
Let’s exhort our men not to give the best years of their lives to a lie. And let’s take our own advice and live a surrendered life.
For the glory of Christ and no other reason…