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.
Hard to believe this is the 40th Brotherhood post on my blog. Kind of makes me wonder what the most important issue is after 40 weeks here. The answer? That’s easy…PURITY.
When we established the Brotherhood back in 2005, men made commitments to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence. Each of these is critical and there’s much in our culture that seeks to attack men in these areas, but I have to put purity at the top of the list.
Why? The Apostle Paul kind of did the same thing when he said that no other sin so defiles the body as sexual immorality. It will simply mess you up.
After 50 years of life, I know that sin will make you stupid. The more you toy with flawed choices, the less ability you will have to discern a sensible life. And sexual missteps propel you down that road at an alarming rate.
To be honest, I get very concerned with the casual way sexual innuendo and explicit conversations have made their way into daily chatter. At times I wonder if there are any boundaries left when it comes to what we won’t say. Sure, we stay behind the line with our behavior, but if our conversations can open any door, can our personal choices be far behind?
Choosing to be pure means deciding to live differently than seemingly everybody else. It means shutting off the TV or computer when things get raunchy. It means avoiding locker room talk and honoring your wife or future wife by protecting her from the thoughts of other guys. It means having a stop button for your mouth and not just for your sex drive.
Choose to be pure and you’ll feel left out of certain circles. In fact, you might find yourself feeling really alone at times. But that choice will pay dividends you can’t put a price on. You’ll maintain your wisdom and your ability to be the man that a wonderful woman needs and wants. Play life’s game like everyone else and you’ll end up with the dysfunctional lives everyone else seems to have.
So yeah, purity is important. I put it at the top of the list…