2/18 Life in the Parkie Lane

Man Oh Man, a Manly Man!                                                                    

"If you don't play sports, you are not a man," a sports fanatic told me one day.  Another time, an outdoorsman said, "If you don't hunt and fish, you are not a man." I used the same reply on both of them, "If you can't change the oil in your own car, you are not a man." They both looked at me with that blink-and-stare look.

The point is that real men are men from all walks of life. One particular skill, vocation, recreation choice, activity or physical attributes doesn't make a man a man. What makes a man a manly man? One that is decidedly masculine no matter his size or disability, yet not a jerk, one that is a gentleman, yet tenacious and strong to stand for what is right, one that has courage, yet would die for another, one that is not afraid to be called a Christian. 

It annoys me tremendously when people depict Jesus as effeminate. I see him as a carpenter with muscles, calluses and weathered skin from his labors, a model employee with a fine reputation for quality, a person with a pleasant demeanor and a great person to work with - or for.  He is the perfect example of a manly man - not a beer guzzlin', cigarette smokin' potty mouth. He is a man's man.

"When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets." Mat 16:13-14

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