The Brotherhood of the Second Cross was established on Father’s Day 2005 where 160 men stood before their wives and children to pledge themselves to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence. Today, hundreds more have joined the commitment.
Bob Dylan sang, “You Gotta Serve Somebody”–a rocker’s review of the reality of life. We don’t really have all the freedom we want to imagine. In life, you end up serving something or somebody else’s agenda.
Honestly, my grasp of the music scene is pretty limited. I try to maintain enough knowledge to celebrate the achievements of my recording artist son, but my radio dial spends more time on a sports-talk station than anything from a musical genre. If I had been the paradigm for Steve Jobs music creation, he might have gotten by with naming it iTune.
But while Dylan’s fatalistic hit manages to connect with reality, there’s a deeper reality to be discovered. You were made to serve somebody.
In the pinnacle of His creative work, God designed you and I to be at our best when we were serving. No, He didn’t make us to be drones or slaves with no purpose or ability to choose life for ourselves. He just made us to be the best expression of ourselves when we put the needs of others in our windshield and drive forward.
Our individualistic tendencies want to argue against this point, but we know it’s true. We label those who sacrifice for others as heroes. We admire those who give their best to the needs of others. We even reward those who donate their time and resources with tax breaks! And, we try to rehabilitate those who wander off the moral edge with community service– clear evidence that we believe serving others is the best way to live.
Sadly, in order to compel our spending, marketers lure us with self-satisfaction. They know that we’ll spend to be happy or satisfy lusts. When we get focused on ourselves, we run amok, making choices that don’t bring out our best, but sure make a few retailers quite happy.
Putting others first is the real ticket to greatness. Jesus told us that the greatest love is when one lays himself down for others. Those are the best men, the best people.
Self-sacrifice is the second core element of the Brotherhood. Purity gets top billing because it is the critical choice that keeps men from self-destruction. But while purity may speak more to what a man steers away from, self-sacrifice is the battle cry of his running forward.
Live your life to make others stronger and you will become a champion to many.