That is a great question, and I’m really glad you asked. My goal in life is to be a misfit, and very much in the typical sense of the word. Our culture gives us a lot of ideas as to what a man could and should do. Some of those ideas are great, but what I really want is for us to be the kind of men GOD called us to be, and I believe those men would be called misfits.
You can picture in your mind society’s stereotypical “real” man. A “real” man has physical strength, can grow facial hair, loves sports, has a lot of sex, knows how to fix cars, knows how to build things, etc. The list could go on for a while – and actually a lot of these things are very good within the right context – but that isn’t really necessary right now. This list makes me sad though. When I look at the Bible it doesn’t list any of these attributes or interests as something that we should strive for when trying to be a man. Time and time again we find that in the Bible following God’s commands and being faithful are what makes a man great.
Genesis 6:9 (NIV) “This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.”
Genesis 22:15-18 (NIV) “15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”
1 Kings 15:5 (NIV) “For David had done what was right in the eyes of the Lord and had not failed to keep any of the Lord’s commands all the days of his life—except in the case of Uriah the Hittite.”
First and foremost, The Misfit Man is a man who follows God’s commands. Simple to write in a sentence, not so simple to live out in our every day lives. Not to mention the Bible is a large book with a lot of commands. But hey, we can take this adventure together, and come out on the other side living every day as Misfit Men.
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