Now that you have the King Face down, let’s talk about the Warrior Face. This is the one that feels most natural to most men & is probably the one most recognized by our culture. It reflects a courageous energy that is characterized by these four points:
A true warrior takes initiative for a greater purpose. His assertiveness is submitted to God. He does not look for an easy out. Instead, he is willing to sacrifice & struggle to accomplish something great & meaningful. An authentic man outlasts the competition, is not a quitter and rises above comfort & security to get things done. He fights for a better life & the betterment of other with purpose. Paul puts it this way in 1 Cor. 9:24-27:
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
- Too Much – becomes abusive & harsh; doesn’t know when to stop ;becomes a destroyer
- Too Little – a wimp; easily gives up; sets in passivity in “boy” land; no maturity or growth
This is perhaps the hardest face for me to accomplish, despite it being the most popular. And I think that if most Christian men were honest, they would feel the same way. We were raised in a Church culture were men are taught to be nice & polite, that offending someone is considered a sin, and that “turning your cheek” is black & white.
If Christ were to walk into our sanctuary and flip over the altar tables, we would think him a mad man. Yet, this righteous anger of Christ is captured in the gospel story and in my opinion is the perfect example of the warrior face.