On February 23, 2013, I posted an article about two men on a roof as part of my accountability series on Manday. To this day, I have been looking for ways to follow that up and continue my series on Manhood. It has been a long journey since then. It is no secret that at Leadership Voices there are different kinds of men that post to this website. We come from different walks of life. Some subscribe to the gentleman theory and some subscribe to the “kick in the door first-ask questions later” theory. We stubbornly subscribe to these theories to a fault. But ironically, we are great friends. And we are an encouragement to each other.
I am no gentleman. You will tolerate a man like me because you sleep better at night knowing I hunt the lions you believe don’t exist.
I spent the past month in a class being taught how to investigate crimes against children. The mental images that are imprinted in my memory still haunt me. The Bible says Satan prowls like a “lion seeking who he may devour”. There are lions out there seeking to devour you, your wife, your finances, your job, and your health. And if the lion claws, roar, and teeth can’t phase you and penetrate your comfort zone…it will hunt, seek, and destroy your children.
Lions don’t lick their prey to death. Lions tear the flesh, break bones, then suck the marrow and life out of their prey. Then they lick the sinews and blood off their fur. They are happy like a child with ice cream all over their face. But it’s not ice cream. And it’s not a child. It is a vicious animal who tears at its prey until it can be devoured. Are you getting the picture?
Christians in Roman times were very familiar with this tragic portrait. They were often thrown to the lions as halftime entertainment in the Coliseums between Gladiator battles. So when Peter wrote that Satan is like a prowling lion; that imagery resonated with the early persecuted Christians. Today, we don’t see the lions or we swat them away thinking they are an inconvenience and can be easily scheduled out of our lives. Or we just change geography and the lions don’t exist anymore.
Lions don’t exist because we move to the suburbs. We live in gated communities. We can watch our property on our cell phones. We have alarms on our houses and vehicle. We can locate our children through GPS. Even our motor vehicles will stop on a dime if we aren’t paying attention to the road in front of us. If I live my life clean…I won’t see any hardship. This clean Christian living is easy.
As leaders and men to your family, I caution you as Peter did to be alert and sober. Always mindful, that you are a target for the enemy. Be mindful of the lions outside your tent. Be sober and alert.
(BTW-have you ever kicked in a door…it is an awesome feeling!)