Guns, knives, and fistfights: these things distinguish a “man’s movie” from a chick flick. Small men often enjoy watching larger-than-life combat to feel like a hero. Insecure men need big weapons to feel big. Carnal men accept violence as a lifestyle and speak violence when they are not watching it or flaunting it.
Why God sent the flood
In communicating with Noah, God explained, “I have decided to put an end to all people. I will destroy them completely, because the world is full of their violent deeds” (Genesis 6:13, GNB). If God destroyed all of Noah’s neighbors because of sins like violence, why should a man of God be part of any such thing? Some sports glorify violence. I think real men can enjoy competitive sports (although sports are not necessary to manhood). However, boxing, wrestling, and cage fighting do not honor God. Killing a basketball might be okay, but fighting to trash another man made in God’s image cannot make Him glad.
Why God is sending fire
Jesus warned us about our day. He said when He returns, things will be like Noah’s day. Violence overwhelms our modern lives from war reports to domestic fights. Men punch their wives and clobber their kids. Surely, God will get us out of here soon. In the meantime, we must not share in the violent sins of our neighbors. We must not let Hollywood entertain us with blood and bombs. For the fools, “Wickedness and violence are like food and drink to them” (Proverbs 4:17). Great men feast at a better table.
Make a powerful difference
Like Job, we should be able to say we have never taken part in violence (Job 16:17). Jesus teaches us that the most powerful weapon against any opponent is our love. Whip the toughest guy on your block by loving him. Pin down your co-worker by speaking respectfully and considering his best interest. Put your wife in a “full Nelson” by cherishing her and treating her as important and valuable to your life. Let your children see how powerful dad can be by carefully leading them and considering them as real people.