The problem is – as this issue illustrates clearly – if men go to the culture for the answer to the question of manhood, the answer is geared around consumption. Moreover, if there is no instruction, and young men aren’t learning from older men, there is no accumulated knowledge or collective wisdom, and each man is left to fend for himself, making the avoidable mistakes thousands of men have made before him…
…men need to know who they’re to protect, who they’re to defend, what truth is, what righteousness is, and what justice is. These are questions that resonate with every man and that God answers from the beginning of the Bible to the end, from the Garden of Eden in Genesis to the wedding feast in Revelation.
It takes a certain boldness to want to ask and answer those questions because their answers are costly, and it’s not just a desire for sentences in the imperative. A man isn’t going to be able to base his life on what he can buy with a credit card.
See also: Creating and Consuming: How to be Mature