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The Navy Shipyard, Sandy Hook, Columbine -- the mere mention of these names open files in our minds about seemingly senseless shootings, deaths, perhaps vulnerability. Along with these, recent news of Syrian President Assad unleashing chemical warfare on unsuspecting populations and the anniversary of “9/11,” remind us of moments in time when the world stops to ask “why?” While these events fuel national news reports and investigators pursue answers, inevitably the tsunami of discussions will revert to worldly explanations and political agendas. It amazes me when a massacre occurs, we tend to try to “contain the culture” with the politics of peace, federal funding for education or counseling or economic plans for poverty. Cultural men don’t want to rely on spiritual answers. There’s no room for the “morality play” in their game because those answers force us to look in the mirror.
Pornography is a modern-day pandemic. Not only is porn the top-searched subject on this site www.everymanministries.com, an estimated $14 billion is spent per year on pornography in the US which is more than professional baseball, basketball and football rake in -- combined. Shockingly, one report says the majority of males consuming porn online are ages 11-15 years old, creating a future of men with distorted visions of romantic love. While porn ravages families, fuels sexual addictions and the sex trafficking and slavery industry, some counselors still recommend couples watch porn to help “educate” and “explore” the erotic entertainment. That’s like trying to sell the added health benefits of “mercury” shots. Can you say “duped”?
You’d think a man with a vault-full of money, fame, talent, who appears to have it all -- including being the highest paid player in Major League history, wouldn’t resort to cheating. Yet, he did, along with several other players and professional athletes seeking to maintain their status. I call it the “Delusional Syndrome” -- with fame and fortune come an illusion of control and power. Money can change people. It can make them think they are above reproach, above the law, the league and that there’s nothing that a signed blank check can’t solve. This syndrome makes grown men act like over-privileged and entitled children. Here’s one way to remember it: Money can produce a false sense of control Control leads to pride. Pride leads to sin.
As real estate values ride the roller coaster of an unsettled market and stocks, bonds and financial investments sway with every innuendo posted on twitter, it begs these questions: Where’s the best return on my investment? Where can my money be put to good use? Where is there a guaranteed return I can count on like grandma’s pasta sauce? Winner every time. The short answer: God, other people and yourself. This is serious business, by the way. If you are struggling with money, or even if you’re not, the following information has the power to change everything for a man seeking to know, serve and love God.
Pssst (leaning in) ...To be a man other men want to follow, you have to look like someone they want to follow. Form follows function. Men are visual creatures. We notice form, both in men and women. And, whether you like it or not, men make judgments about people based on their appearance. I’m going to break this down for you, and shoot straight, because our message of hope and love is going to be received much better if we look like we are taking care of the body God gave us. It’s human nature to be attracted to physical health.