It’s ironic that I should first learn about Joe Ehrmann (All-American football player at Syracuse University as well as a pro football player for 13 years) by reading a Dallas Seminary publication. Then, when I saw that the topic had to do with the loss of true masculinity in our culture, I thought it would be a rather boring treatise to pump up skinny young boys to seek manhood through devotion to athletics with it’s spirit of teamwork, goal setting, sacrifice, etc., etc. Wrong! Follow what he said:
We teach our boys three lies about masculinity (1) that it is determined by athletic ability with an emphasis on competing and winning, (2) that it’s all about sexual conquest, and (3) that it has to do with economic success — the size of your salary and the power associated with your job title.
Nearly 3,000 years ago, the prophet Jeremiah complained about the same thing: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches.”
Ehrmann finished on a positive note. “At the end of your life, when you want to measure what kind of man you are, it’s all about relationships.” (1) the capacity to love and to be loved, and (2) a commitment to a transcendent purpose.
Back to Jeremiah, who finished his godly perspective on a similar positive note: “. . . that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things, declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
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