I am a Christian man, and I will be the first to tell you that men have been a source of strife, violence, self-centeredness and just generally awful role models for other men and boys, and a scourge to women and to society in general. While men are totally 100% responsible for their choices and actions, I must be also honest and say that our society and even our churches have done a huge disservice to men in a number of ways.
We know that men have shorter life expectancies than women generally, and now we find that men are even more likely to die from COVID-19 than women. And as bad as this is, this is only the tip of the iceberg, as I fear that the fallout from the economic losses, breakups of marriages and lack of social connection will have long-lasting and devastating effects on men as a whole – but Christian men will not necessarily be immune from this fallout. And Christian men in some ways are even more likely than non-Christian men to be lonely and without any real friends. Brothers, we are slowly dying on the vine! (And that includes myself, because I have not had a close friend since I was in high school — and I am in my 60’s!). I urge Christian men to read this article from Christianity Today, and may God grant us grace to reach out to the lonely and isolated and teach us how to make and keep friends!