No Job, No Friends, No Faith

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!

 

https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2020/april-web-only/no-job-no-friends-no-faith.html?utm_source=booksandculture-html&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_term=23861677&utm_content=709524909&utm_campaign=email

How to Connect the Gospel to Being Alone

Some of us struggle with loneliness even in the best of times, but in unusual and socially-isolating times like the lockdown due to the coronavirus it would not be strange for all of us to feel lonely. And some of us feel alone in ways that are dangerous to our hearts, minds and spirits — but take heart! Christ has overcome the world. From RickThomas.net ………………..

How to Connect the Gospel to Being Left Alone

Wow!! The writing in this article is so heartfelt and so right on!  From sethlewis.ie……………

The new kid was there, effortlessly working the room. He told a joke and everyone laughed, and I laughed. He was nice, and I had no reason not to like him except that everyone liked him and they wouldn’t like me. I had been there years, but when I told a joke they pretended they […]

via What I Saw On The Edge Of The Room — sethlewis.ie

Loneliness afflicts so many of us!  Here is some thoughtful words that may offer some hope and relief…..From Art of the Christian Ninja………….

“How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; light up […]

via Why Loneliness Hurts So Much — Art of the Christian Ninja