We are traveling through life unconnected and unexamined, but we’re careful to maintain an image suggesting that we’re okay when we really aren’t. The guy we present in public looks all right, while deep down inside we harbor great turmoil and conflict.
But we don’t live in a vacuum; those emotions have to go somewhere. Some of us who feel unconnected choose avenues of relief and comfort outside of God’s plan, which only brings harm to our relationships with Him and with others. Our emotional conflicts are compounded by bitterly contested spiritual conflicts as the world, the flesh, and Satan exploit our isolation.
Men who are not progressing personally, spiritually, or relationally have reached a sad state because they do not risk connecting on an honest level with other men. But we need to! Men relating to other men is right where God wants us to be. It’s where we can get help when we need it most. “My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this” Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins” (James 5:19-20).