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The Courage to Stand Firm

What truth are we choosing to stand firm on? For what cause do we pour out our service and precious time?

I’ve started a new adventure and I’m about 12,000 words in. This will be my first book, and like any first thing I’m sure I’ll learn a lot while doing it. Then I’ll learn how to do it better later.

I’ve had some assistance along the way. I started with an idea and an inspirational source, then I had a professional writer help me get started with organizing my thoughts in words and placement. Then I took it from there.

I found a graphics design resource to build out the book cover and they did a fantastic job putting my articulated words into a visual eye catcher.

I’m currently having a couple more men review the current version of the book to give feedback. Of course, I’ve already had my dad review it and have incorporated some of that feedback. I’ll add a bit more too I’m sure. I haven’t even breached Ephesians 6 yet, but it will come as the Spirit moves the words around my mind and heart.

I thought today would be an appropriate time to share a small excerpt from the book as it is so pertinent for us as Christians to stand firm. Yet, we must understand upon whom we are Standing Firm and for what cause.

Our savior was courageous, and we too must be courageous if we are going to follow the example of Jesus. To be sure we will never be perfect as Jesus was. Yet, it is incumbent upon us to give it all we have and ask God to help us to have enough.

Where is the courage of our forefathers in the faith? Are we going to play the man or wilt like daffodils in the heat? It is as designed that we must have courage to endure ridicule and to lose the praise of man. For even our Lord was worshipped on the day He entered Jerusalem, only to be crucified on the next Friday! But for man, the first battle to be won is with his own flesh. The struggles of every man born into a fallen world. Here is where we start and here is where we find ourselves at mortal death.

For men, the first key component in this struggle is the truth. The truth that is Jesus and a Christian worldview.  Jeremiah 7:28 says, “And you shall say to them, ‘This is the nation that did not obey the voice of the LORD their God, and did not accept discipline; truth has perished; it is cut off from their lips.”  The knowledge, proper teaching and acceptance of Truth has perished. This is the sad result when men lose their courage, when a man is not manful.  Facing and believing the truth is one of the most important trials for man in this fallen world.  It is crucial to be an objective observer of what is, rather than what you wish it were.  A real man calls it like it is and refuses to look away from actual reality.  The most important truth is that of the God of the universe who created all things, came as a man to take on our sin, and then hung on a cross for it, rising from the dead three days later.  In so doing, He destroyed death, and now we await His return when He will not come humbly, but in blazing glory with His powerful angels to bring judgment on the earth and gather up His Church. 

True Manliness: The Courage to Stand Firm

Copyright 2021, Johnathan Sexton

The Call to Christian Manliness (Truth)

Internal Conflict. A state of being with more meaning for a man of imperfect nature. Yet in battle with an external force of borrowed legitimacy.

And in this life-long fight, to be waged by every one of us single-handed against a host of foes, the last armament for a good fight, the last proof and test of our courage and manfulness, must be loyalty to truth.

This is the most rare and difficult of all human qualities.

For when the truth is spoken it has been wielded as a weapon of destruction. Tearing down kingdoms and strongholds built on false doctrine and desires of foolishness.

Loyalty to truth, perfected over a lifetime, asks increasingly more of us. It sets before us a standard of manliness always rising higher and higher. Though the nature of men is of decreasing courage in the face of opposition.

And this is the great lesson which we will learn from Christ’s life, the more earnestly and faithfully we study it.

“For this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, to bear witness to the truth.”

To bear this witness against declared and open enemies is comparatively easy; but, to bear it against those we love; against those whose judgment and opinions we respect, in defense or advancement of that which approves itself as true to our own inmost conscience, this is the last and abiding test of courage and of manliness.

Copyright 2020, Johnathan Sexton

Adapted from True Manliness, Thomas Hughes

The Lie of Santa and Elf on the Shelf

You are lying to your children. It’s not an innocent story. Your children should always trust that you are telling them the truth. The older they get the more you have to lie to prop up the story.

One day you will ask them to trust you about who Jesus is. But they will have learned that mom and dad are skilled liers practiced in the art of story telling and that whole institutions are set up to fool children into believing a false narrative for feelings of store bought joy and happiness.

You need to tell them that these are fiction stories and only Santa is loosely connected to a historical figure with no magical power.

No you will not be destroying their childhood. You will be rearing them in truth.

Surely tell them not to tell their little friends at school otherwise they may get their friend’s parents upset. #woke

This time of year is about our savior Jesus Christ. No mythical creature is to steal any glory from him.

If we decorate it is for Him. If we give gifts it is to celebrate Him as He was a gift. If we show love it is because He is love.