Taking another quick break from Pslams to talk about John Eldredge. I’ve read Wild at Heart, but I’ve just started going through a DVD series with some Christian brothers and I’m excited about it. For those unfamiliar with the book or concept, the general gist of it is this:
Men were not designed to be Mr. Rodgers. The Church and Christian culture has too often pushed men to become too deferential and submissive when at our core we desire to be bold and adventurous. Christ himself is the example to follow and while he was the ultimate in terms of loving and caring, he was not weak or deferential in any way, shape or form.
He was a leader. He started trouble (mostly with the Pharisees). He turned over tables in the temple courts because vendors were profiting in the house of God. How many times did he have to escape from getting stoned? This guy was bold. In fact, when he comes back, he’s going to be the ultimate warrior.
Eldredge uses Braveheart as an example of what men should be more like than Mr. Rodgers. He was passionate, he was brave, he was committed, and that’s why people were drawn to him and followed him into battle. If we are like that in our lives, won’t the people around us, including our spouses and children, naturally want to follow us? We are called as men to be leaders. Don’t be afraid to be bold.