What are the stereotypical characteristics of a Christian man? Nice? Gentle? Passive? Reserved? Would you believe somebody if they told you that a Christian man should be dangerous, powerful, and formidable?
On September 12, Saint Paul's Outreach at Texas State University hosted a men's event in which nearly 30 college men gathered together to discuss masculinity and virtue. This Men's Launch Party marked the beginning of a semester-long book study of Dangerous Men by Lowell Seashore, in which small groups discuss their identity as sons of God. Through the book men discover that how God sees them is often contrary to how the world sees them.
Dangerous Men also helps men begin the process of living lust-free. So many times men lose the battle of faith because they are overcome by lustful desires, and not knowing how to handle these temptations leads to a great deal of shame. Dangerous Men teaches young men how to accept the forgiveness of the Lord and equips them with the spiritual weapons they need to fight back against lustful temptation. Thus, the men who go through Dangerous Men become spiritual warriors who are dangerous to the enemies of the Kingdom of Heaven.
But let's be real for a second: men also have a desire to be physical warriors in addition to spiritual warriors. They seek physical and emotional strength, so as a complement to the discussion about spiritual warfare the men in attendance also had the opportunity to don a pair of boxing gloves and challenge their friends to three minutes of boxing. By using a 1-2 punch combination of spiritual and physical power, the Men's Launch Party was a knock-out celebration that set a strong tone for the Men's environment at Texas State University.