What does it take to ensure that Future Men can fight Giants? How about one of the most practical books I have read about regarding raising boys into real God defined men? Let me be emphatic, Dads and Grand-dads – this is a must read (period). Don’t think we are so Biblically sound that wisdom and practicality aren’t found in another’s work.
Many of you are scratching your heads and wondering if I ever considered the book of Proverbs as a guide to raising boys? Well, I have and even when raising our son I have to say that I failed to implement these God-given instructions of Solomon in a practical and meaningful manner during that time.
Face the facts that in general, men have not been nor are really ready to fight the giants in our culture or nation. Most have been duped by the lack of solid Biblical teaching for over 100 years as well as the feminization of our society. How do we restore the church and the public square? With men who know their proper role in this world. I believe the story that Doug Wilson includes in the Introduction of this book regarding Teddy Roosevelt pretty much sums up how the church played a role in the emasculation of God’s design for men.
‘When Theodore Roosevelt taught Sunday school for a time, a boy showed up one Sunday with a black eye. He admitted he had been fighting and on the Lord’s Day, too. He told the future president that a bigger boy had been pinching his sister, and so he fought him. TR told him that he had done perfectly right and gave him a dollar. The stodgy vestrymen thought this was a bit much, and so they let their exuberant Sunday school teacher go. What a loss.’ – Future Men, page 10, Introduction
This weeks program is a very simple chapter by chapter review of Doug Wilsons book ‘Future Men, Raising Boys to Fight Giants’ and a very introductory step into ‘Recovering The Calvin Of “Two Kingdoms”? A Historical-Theological Inquiry In The Light Of Church-State Discourse In South Africa.’
Why Recovering Calvin too?
If Men are to fight giants they need to be aware of what happens when they become the giants. As you are clearly aware, I believe in Christian Nationalism since that is the root of our nations foundation. Yet, we have a clear example of even Reformed Christians going south. And what happened in South Africa is a clear example of giants infiltrating and consuming men who should have known better.
What caught my attention in this thesis is the comparison to the United States regarding the ‘Two Kingdoms’ theology of Calvin.
‘This study is a historical-theological inquiry into the social thought of John Calvin through the lens of the “Calvin” of the church struggle with the purpose of recovering his doctrines of two kingdoms and natural law for Christianity and culture discourse in South Africa today.’
There is tons of thoughtful considerations in this thesis that need to be looked at as we fight the internal giants in North American Christendom. Will we see the modern vestrymen swatting down the TR’s of the present such that a return to Foundational Governance remains in the hands of the enemy or will Covenant truth rise to lead a nation once again?
This week some quotes out of ‘Collected Political Writings of James Otis.’ References from Sam’s good friend James Otis regarding ‘manliness.’
1. From: John Adams’s Reconstruction of Otis’s Speech in the Writs of Assistance Case
‘…I have taken more pains in this cause, than I ever will take again, although my engaging in this and another popular cause has raised much resentment. But I think I can sincerely declare, that I cheerfully submit myself to every odious name for conscience’ sake; and from my soul I despise all those, whose guilt, malice, or folly has made them my foes. Let the consequences be what they will, I am determined to proceed. The only principles of public conduct, that are worthy of a gentleman or a man, are to sacrifice estate, ease, health, and applause, and even life, to the sacred calls of his country. These manly sentiments, in private life, make the good citizen; in public life, the patriot and the hero. I do not say, that when brought to the test, I shall be invincible. I pray God I may never be brought to the melancholy trial; but if ever I should, it will be then known how far I can reduce to practice principles, which I know to be founded in truth. In the mean time I will proceed to the subject of this writ.’
‘…THE people of this province formerly upon a particular occasion asserted the rights of englishmen; and they did it with a sober, manly spirit: they were then in an insulting manner asked “whether english rights were to follow them to the ends of the earth”—we are now told, that the rights we contend for “do not belong to the English”—these writs, it is said, “are frequently issued from the exchequer at home, and executed, and the people do not complain of it—and why should we desire more freedom than they have in the mother country”
2. April 4, 1763
‘Unreasonable Clamour, and all Kinds of Sedition, I detest and abhor as much as any Man. The true Principles of Loyalty & Obedience, which are quite consistent with the warmest Love of Liberty and ones Country, I would strongly inculcate: And I hope in God I shall never be wanting in my Endeavours to awaken as far as I can in my Countrymen the true Spirit of Patriotism, and to stir up a manly Opposition against the Attempts of any Governor or Lieutenant Governor whatever, to infringe the Rights of the People, tho’ I should be charged by their Sycophants and Tools, with an Intent to set a whole Country in a Flame.’
3. March 9, 1767
‘…But, GOD be praised, that is not our unhappy situation. The free parliament of the free people of England, must ever be pleased, rather than offended, at a noble and manly support of our rights, and a just indignation at our injuries.—Let us always be sure we are acting on constitutional principles, and we may be sure they will not, cannot be offended, or hurt us for a conduct so worthy Englishmen.— Give no heed then, my countrymen, to such idle tales; it is the common game of designing courtiers, to carry their points; they always have exclaimed, and always will exclaim, against the licentiousness of the times, on the least opposition to their tyrannical measures; and we are not to expect at this day, they will leave any stone unturned to obtain their ends.—We cannot fear any thing worse from a free examination of, and manly opposition to, unrighteous and unjustifiable proceedings in any, be they ever so great, than from a pusillanimous acquiescence in their arbitrary demands—Indeed the latter conduct will more surely end in the destruction of all we value, than the former. We have seen one treat a loyal and free people as traitors and slaves, and not attempt to vindicate or excuse his conduct: We have seen another thro’ a lust of power, usurp a seat he could not constitutionally be possessed of; and with his usual humility, support his claim against the almost united voice of the whole representative body of the people.’
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2. Collected Political Writings of James Otis
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