|Left to right: Jerry, Woody, and Danny|
(friends of my sister and me)
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
for brethren to dwell together in unity!
No, I'm not making fun of scripture, but this picture I took a few days ago while visiting Small Town America reminds me of Psalm 133:1.
I have observed Beloved sitting with different groups of men over the past several days, talking about politics, farming, travel, sports (i.e. football) and whatever else good Christian men think of to discuss. I didn't see a single can of beer and no swear words were spoken. Pants were held up on the hip with a belt, shirts were clean and in good condition with no offensive slogans across their chests, and hair was cut to styles that did not require an unmanly amount of time in front of the mirror.
Have men any idea how refreshing and revitalizing it is to women and children to see them behave as the creatures God meant them to be? The juvenile behavior of grown men in the television beer commercials over the last several years is nauseating.
Back in the days of the Bible, when a boy reached the age of twelve, he was considered a young man and expectations on his behavior was high. Now we have to put up with males (I can't call them 'men') who are in their thirties who still don't know what they want to do with their lives, so they play around with sex, alcohol, drugs, and gross foolishness. Many of them sense no responsibility at all to provide for themselves, to be teachable and humble, to care for women and children, and to be an example of virtue for the younger ones who are watching (and believe me, they are!).
Men don't have to be drop-dead handsome to appeal to most women or to make a good name for themselves. What women (and the world) really want and need are men who can think and express themselves intelligently, who are hard-workers at worthwhile pursuits, and without needing to ponder it, will give up their pleasures for the welfare of others.