Guys: Man Up and Be Lutheran! (What to Get a Guy for Christmas)
Guys, let’s face it, we often deserve the bad rap we get in pop culture. We are often lazy. We do like to sit around and be entertained a lot of the time. We don’t always like the various responsibilities we are given by God. In fact, we are pretty much masters of talking ourselves out of them: fatherhood, husband-hood, employee-hood, friend-hood – ok, so I’m making some words up. That’s what guys do.
And, so, when it comes to responsibilities to be the leaders in our congregations and families, as men of God, we are often content simply to sit back and let “somebody else” do it. But, guys, we can do better. We are called to do better. Time simply to fess up and say it to ourselves, and to anyone else who needs to hear it, “I’m a poor miserable sinner. God, I hate to admit it, but I’m a big fat loser more often than I want to admit. But you know me, God. You search my heart. Yup, that’s me.” There you said it. I said it. And we know He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness through Christ Jesus our Lord.
So, let’s get on with it. Let’s go!
What kind of gift should we give guys who want to be Lutheran guys? You can not be a Lutheran man if you don’t know what being Lutheran is all about. Period. Let me repeat that: you can not be a Lutheran man if you don’t know what being Lutheran is all about. Period. End of story. There’s no debate here. If the only reason you are a Lutheran is because your wife dragged you to church, or your parents did, or your grandpa was a Lutheran, or because you have a thing for Lutheran girls, then you aren’t a real Lutheran guy. You just a poser.
So, what can you do to be a Lutheran guy? What can we do, what should we do, to make sure we are and remain Lutheran guys?
Guys, here it is. We need to man up and get our heads and hearts into the Book of Concord. You want to know what being Lutheran is all about? You need to get to know the Book of Concord. And get this – there actually is a single book that gives Lutheran guys what they need to know to be Lutheran guys. One book guys. Great stuff in it. It’s not rocket science. It is most definitely not just for pastors or guys who “are into that sort of thing.” It’s for you. Sure, it’s a big book, but who cares? You aren’t afraid of a big book are you. Really?
Sure, there is some pretty deep stuff in it. Don’t wimp out and make that an excuse for yourself. You need to get a copy of the Book of Concord and read it and study it.
There are great options out there for you. You can either get an edition of the Lutheran confessions, which is what is in the Book of Concord, that gives you all the texts along with tons of great helps, notes, explanations, articles and yes, even pictures. You can get this when you buy Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions, it is available in regular hardback, a bonded leather edition, a genuine leather edition, or in a digital study edition for the LOGOS software system.
But if you want something smaller and more portable, you can get a pocket edition, which contains just the texts of the Confessions, along with an index and reading guide. You can get this one in a simple paperback edition or, and this is really cool, a great looking deluxe pocket edition. You can also get a Kindle edition of the pocket edition, or an ePub edition.
Ladies, if you are reading this, get the man in your life a copy of the Book of Concord.
Guys, if you want to step up and be a real Lutheran man, then get the Book of Concord. Read it. Study it. You won’t regret it.
Real men read the Book of Concord. You can be “that guy.”