Culture & Courage

Culture & Courage
September 29, 2015 Neil Kennedy

by Neil Kennedy

From the tribe of Issachar, there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives. All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take. (1 Chronicles 12:32)

While I was speaking to a gathering of men, I noticed the intensity in their eyes—a determination, a resolve that I have noticed more and more at our encounters. They lean forward, positioning themselves into a ready stance as if they are always on alert. You can also see it in their posture when they are standing and speaking with other men. Their eyes are fixed. They stand tall. They seem to be keenly aware of their surroundings. Men are rising to the challenge of our times with conviction and with the courage to change our culture.

At FivestarMan AUTHENTIC Weekends in the last couple of weeks, I received dozens of testimonies from men who have completely transformed their lives with the FivestarMan message. One man shared with me that he and his wife were addicted to meth. When he heard the message of FivestarMan he committed his life to Christ. Since then seven of his family members have been saved, including his wife. They’ve been completely delivered from their addictions and are living a life that they could have never dreamed of before.

How do we change culture? Actually, one man at a time. When we reach one man, he turns to lead his family.

When we speak of culture—we’re speaking of the cumulative values, beliefs, experiences, knowledge, and agenda of influencers in a certain time period. Obviously, culture is in constant flux and has fluid boundaries, meaning that culture isn’t a definitive idea, but one that is determined by those who force change.

Jesus described John the Baptist as an aggressive man who introduced change in the culture this way, “From the time John the Baptist began preaching until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing, and violent men are attacking it.” (Matthew 11:12)

It surprises people, often shocking their sensitivities, to hear that Jesus talked about men being aggressive, even violent; however, the descriptive term is appropriately describing the effort involved in causing cultural change. It takes strong men. Courageous men that will stand up in their time and face the foe that is as determined as they are for dominion.

Every man will face a moment when he must make the decision to either stand up and be a man, or either shrink back into obscurity. This is our time. This is the call upon our generation.

We must gain the understanding of the original intent of God for mankind. We must draw upon the deep well of purposes that are in the reserves of our potential and passionately pursue authentic manhood.

This will require a more aggressive strategy than the occasional men’s breakfast, which long ago outlived its effectiveness to win men to Christ. We must do a better job of representing authentic manhood to our family, friends, and coworkers. We can’t rely upon the descriptive image of “man of God” designed by a committee to be attractive enough for unbelieving men to be enticed into church.

The terms, Men’s Bible Study and Men’s Ministries are irrelevant to modern culture. As much as Church leaders seem to like them, they are as anemic of terms ever used to attract men. Nor will we attract men by using comic book names and militaristic terms. Language is very important to culture. You will never influence a culture without knowing how to speak in that culture’s language.

A movement is multiple voices speaking the same message to influence cultural change. That’s why FivestarMan is a movement and not merely a men’s ministry. Yes, we value ministry to men, but more than that, we are recruiting strong, forceful men to step up to the challenge of our time and determine change in the culture.

How are we doing that?

By 2020, FivestarMan will influence 300 Cities, raise up 300 Capable Men in those cities, to influence three generations. We have a clear message that draws upon the five passions of authentic manhood. We know how to practically express those purposes within the calendar of a man’s life. We are comprehensive in our strategy that honors the protocol of authority that empowers men to lead.

To learn more, I want to invite you to join me on a LIVE WEBINAR on Thursday at 6:30pm. In this webinar, I will discuss:

  • The Closet Principle: What you do in secret moves you in public.
  • The Currency of Influence: The brand of a good name.
  • Capable Men: The tipping point of change.

I will also give you the details for AUTHENTIC Movement & Conference in Oklahoma City on November 13th.


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