Monday, August 2, 2010

Jesus, Real Man, Never Threw A Punch

"Son, if you've gotta fight, fight to win and fight dirty. If you think he's gonna hit you, kick him in the groin as hard as you can. He'll go down and the fight will be over." Coarse, but sound advice if you want to win a fight. After all, a real man has to stand up for himself. Right?

Wrong. The real man, Jesus, never threw a punch. I know, he made a whip to drive moneychangers out of the temple, but two things about that. First, scholars say he did not hit the moneychangers, he merely drove the animals. And second, he wasn't upset about himself, but about the people who could not get to God to pray because of the business that was set up in the court of the Gentiles. It was about God and people, not him.

The only fist fight Jesus was ever in he lost so badly that, after it was over, he was so beat up he didn't even look human. He had every reason to throw a punch. They questioned his character, called him a liar, and basically called him an illegetimate son. "Yes, but he was Jesus. He had to do that because it was part of his suffering." Yes, it was part of God's plan, but if you think that Jesus' teaching to "turn the other cheek" was some sort of object lesson, look again.

Real Christian men follow the example of their Captain. They let their lives do the talking, because, in the end, the only proof about the manhood of any man is in the life he lives.