Community Character

The character of a Christian man in the community matters. Below is a convicting quote from Eric Mason’s Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole:1

511gZSaqo+LChristian men will do well to be respected even among those who reject the gospel. It’s this respect that can ultimately lead to opportunities for the extension of the gospel. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus stated that the people of God must have an exalted witness among the heathen (Matt. 5:13-16). The result of men being the men they are called to be is God getting the glory from Christians and non-Christians alike (1 Pet. 2:12).

In my city, the character of the men make or break the missionary viability of any religion among the lower class ethnic groups. One of the reasons my own city respects Islam so much is because of the character of the men. They are the ones seen with their children and women in public, and they are therefore the ones with the greatest religious presence in the community. We must have an exuberant passion to see this change. Men in Jesus should be the best men in our cities and towns. If Jesus has restored manhood, then we must be the best fathers, husbands, businessmen, leaders, servants, lovers, intellects, artists, and visionaries.

All these characteristics should abound in the leaders of our churches. If they do, they will soon abound in the male members of our churches.


Source:

1
Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men WholeEric Mason (Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2013). 144-45.