Welcome to In Good Faith.
We’re not going to kick this off by saying it’s difficult to be a Christian man. Christian men have dominated western civilization for nearly two millenia, and while that’s no easy feat, whining from a position of power isn’t particularly becoming. But the culture of faith, and the widespread culture that surrounds us in the 21st century, present a number of existential issues. On one hand, Jesus is often depicted as a pretty lady when you cover up the lower half of his face, and he spoke at length of turning the other cheek and loving neighbors. On the other, weapons manufacturers put Bible verses on high-powered rifle scopes.
The dialogue surrounding what it means to be a Christian male can be a bit schizophrenic. What does it mean to be in the world, but not of it? What does it mean to balance the primal urges and innate advantages of testosterone with a call toward ethical and generous living? Should I really only listen to watered down Christian music, when the secular world displays more truth about the human condition and sounds a billion times better?
We don’t promise answers (except on that last question, where the answer is “No.”), but we do promise honesty. It is our perspective that becoming who we are meant to be, as men and fathers and spouses and believers, is about taking a holistic approach. We should be committed to intellectual rigor and good humor, self-control and appreciation of the fruits of creation, faith and devotion to our God, all in good measure.
Also, we hope to be entertaining. I would rather read Esquire or Grantland (or Deadspin) than wade through the tedium that makes up Christian writing these days. We’re going to cover all sorts of topics here at In Good Faith. Pop culture. Sexuality. Food. Fatherhood. Theology. Why you should never, ever in your life drink Bud Light when vastly superior microbrews are readily available.
So, welcome. All of us here want to be better believers, better fathers and husbands, and better men. We pray this blog is a step in the right direction.