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Anthony Esolen: Over Our Dead Bodies

Significance cannot be won through longevity alone. You must do something weighty in order to be someone weighty. The cause you do for must matter as well.

As Christian men, we know that the Kingdom matters now and in eternity. How do you act out that knowledge? Are you willing to earn your significance by advancing Christianity?

The Price Of Significance

Mr. Esolen states in this article that American boys are being taught two falsehoods: Their personal opinions are all that matter, and that the desire for order and structure are innately wrong. He counters this by saying that our young men should be taught that important things are bigger than any individual man (or woman), and that the willingness to sacrifice yourself for a just and significant cause is the best definition of manhood.

American boys are being taught two falsehoods: Their personal opinions are all that matter, and that the desire for order and structure are innately wrong.

A Christian knows that the Cross is the most just and significant cause of mankind. If that is so, we should be willing to do what it takes for Christianity to reach every man and woman alive. There is risk in such an effort. There will be casualties in the war against sin.

The ancient samurai swore themselves to the service of a daimyo or “Great Name.” From that day forward, the samurai considered himself a dead man, despite his ongoing service to his master. That “dead man walking” attitude allowed him to face any battlefield with courage and determination.

Modern Christians have sworn themselves to God, the maker of heaven and earth. What is more significant, His Purpose or your life? Are you willing to have an authentic encounter with your limits and His Power? Are you willing to get out of the boat? Are you willing to face Pharaoh?

Is the American church willing to risk men (and women) in its mission to reclaim the lost? Are we willing to test ourselves in the name of our most important purpose? The Christian Church must do significant things in order to be significant.

Reviewed by Kirk Wesley Hunt


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Category: Fall 2006, Living the Faith

About the Author: Kirk Wesley Hunt, MBA, is a minister at Tucson Church International in Tucson Arizona. He is the author of Soldiers Of The Kingdom: Reclaiming the World for God (CadreMen Press, 2002) and Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals for Gospel Champions (CadreMen Press, 2015). He publishes a weekly devotional at:

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