I want to prepare you for this month's column, as it
will get a little heated. Manhood, as I have stated in previous columns,
is firmly rooted in training and discipline. One may be male by birth,
but becoming a man is a journey which a male must make in order to realize
not only his full potential, but to become a benefit to his home, church,
community and society in general.
Manhood, as I have stated, also requires an unwavering
loyalty to the truth, regardless of public opinion, personal thought,
family critiques, or historical revisionists. The sole purpose of "The
Manhoodline Line" is to help men become better, instead of bitter. We
tune into God, and sharpen our pictures to receive his transmission.
there is no real manhood apart from a relationship with the only perfect
model, and molder of men, Jesus Christ.
I had the most recent pleasure to appear on Rudy Porter's "Let's Talk",
radio program, in Anderson, Indiana. Now, I have appeared on a variety
of local radio talk shows, talking about this column, and
men's issues. But you never really know how well your game is, until
you play another field, and in another stadium.
So, get your pencils and pens out, and circle the answers
to this little quiz:
Are you Man or a Male?
1. A man does not carry a grudge. A male looks for ways
to get even.
2. A man takes every opportunity to better himself.
A male complains that he has to stay where he is.
3. A man gives to his community. A male takes from his
4. A man is measured by his character. A male is measured
by his sex drive.
5. A man is a protector of women in general, and committed
to one woman in particular. A male views women as chattel, and is not
committed to any one woman.
6. A man is secure in his Manhood, and is striving to
help other Men realize that same security. A male is not secure in his
Manhood, and uses the gun, knife, club or pipe to tear down other individuals.
7. A man has established a firm relationship with God,
church, and other godly men. A male uses the church for his own gain,
shuns godly council and training, and seeks God only when trouble comes.
But we cannot be content, in the words of Rev. Gene
C. Baker, "To have our boat tied to the wrong dock."