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Meat For Men Daily Encouragement Blog

The vision for Meat for Men — UNCOMPROMISING MANHOOD blog is to encourage husbands, fathers and single men in Biblical manhood.

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Stand For What is RightMen, I believe that the truth on the matter of judging others in Matthew 7:1 is more in the area of not being a fault-finder of others except ourselves. It does not mean that in the love of God for sinners that we cannot stand against corruption, lies, and false standards. It does not mean that we cannot influence sinners away from their immoral lifestyles. If that was the case, how do we interpret the following Scripture?

Psalm 94:16: "Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?" Should we keep quiet and say nothing against the Islamic terrorist militants who are shooting, beheading, and shedding innocent blood in many nations throughout the world, including our own nation?

Should we be silent and not stand up against the shedding of the blood of over 50 million unborn babies in our nation who were alive in their mothers' wombs?

Should we be silent and not stand up against the murderers and serial killers who snuff out the lives of our fellow citizens every day in America? Should we be silent and not speak out against the immorality and the industries promoting it? It is polluting the very souls of our nation.

Should we not speak up against political liberalism and hatred toward conservative groups and individuals who are being targeted by government agencies such as the IRS, CPS and liberal court judges?

Yes, a thousand times yes. We must speak up and do what we can to halt the spread of evil anywhere it raises its godless head. It amazes me that whenever someone speaks up against evil how many so-called, secular, brain-washed Christians (who are opposed to speaking out against anything that might be interpreted as judging) quickly jump on their soap boxes and try to shout down the voice that is raised up against evil. They are hypocrites for they are doing themselves what they declare they are opposed to. Yes, they themselves judge and condemn with lots of venom. You had better believe it.

Fathers, we must teach our children to make righteous judgments. We must teach our children what it means to speak up and stand up for godly values,. We must also teach them how to condemn evil and speak out against it in a compassionate and godly way. We must not allow our government, professors of education, or even compromising church leaders or celebrities (no matter how famous) overrule or undermine standing up for godly values.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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judgementalQuestion: Is all judgment, condemnation, and criticism wrong? Men, we often hear people who are soft on wrongdoing state that they believe that all judging is wrong and that we should not be at all critical or condemn others who do wrong. These people usually quote the passage from Jesus' Sermon the Mount, Matthew 7:1: "Judge not, that ye be not judged."

This Scripture has to be interpreted in the light of what all Scripture has to say on the subject of judging. What the Bible says from Genesis to Revelation is the best interpreter of the subject matter. In Luke 12:56, 57 it says, "Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time? Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?" Jesus makes it obvious that we should judge between good and evil. In John 7:24 Jesus said: "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment."

In John 8:26 Jesus says, "I have many things to say and to judge of you."

1 Corinthians 5:11 says, "I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railed, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such a one not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? . . . Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person." Read the whole passage in verses 7-13. How could they do this without judging?

1 Corinthians 6:1-4 is also an important passage to read on this subject. It is obvious that what Jesus was teaching in Matthew 7:1 was that people should not be what James teaches in James 3:14-17: "But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy." This means that any man or woman appointed to a position of court judge would not be permitted to judge if you took Matthew 7:1 in a general sense.

As fathers and mothers, we are meant to be responsible parents in judging wrong doing. It would be scripturally wrong for parents not to discipline their children for doing wrong. (Hebrews 12:8, 9).

Homosexuals do not believe that Christians should judge them as wrongdoers. Adulterers believe the same. Although it is not politically correct to make judgments in the work place or even many churches these days, we ought to obey God rather than man.

After Peter and John were commanded "not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus," they answered: "For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heart" (Acts 45:18-20).

We better get used to making righteous judgments now.

Men, this is a most important subject all our families need to be taught so they will not be deceived.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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BiblicallyAccurateIsaiah 5:20, 21 says, "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!"

Men, how screwed up and dumbed down have we become when even our government will not man up and call sinful, evil, violence what it is--terrorism! Have we become so soft that we can no longer plainly call Islamic slayings and beheadings of innocent people evil?

The reasoning behind all this spineless, political culturalism that our universities and politicians are dishing out to us is that we must not use language that would offend anyone. They would have us call it "work place violence" or "street violence" instead of "lone wolf terrorism." You must never link this violent terrorism to Islam. It just may offend Islamics. But the truth of the matter is that Islam does give birth to acts of violence. If that isn't bad enough, it also gives birth to evil beheadings and slayings of innocent people.

Men are hung by their ankles on assembly chains high enough so that when their throats are slashed their blood can be collected, bottled, and used to initiate new recruits. Wives and daughters of these innocent victims are raped and sold into slavery. This can be all seen on live U-tube. Men, our agnostic, atheistic professors and their disciples in politics want us to believe that there is a good reason for all this behavior. We just need to be more tolerant and understanding.

Men, the time has come when we must resist such dumbing down of our sensibilities towards such barbaric acts of terrorism and call it for what it is. Islam has thousands of schools called "madrassa" where they teach this evil.

If we men do not teach our children to hate all evil, the world today will quickly teach them to make excuses for it.

Yes, of course we as Christians must love all people, but we must never love their sin or try to make excuses for it.
We must be tolerant of others, but never tolerant of evil.
We must never be afraid to call murder what it is.
We must never be afraid to call abortion what it is.
We must never be afraid to call homosexuality what the Bible says it is.
We must never be afraid to call all moral perversion what it really is--sin which needs to be judged and repented of.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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controlangerMen, keep your anger under control. Do not allow it to overcome your love for the person that is making you angry. Anger is not an evil thing if kept under control, but quick anger must not reign in your life. Do not allow it to destroy the Christ-likeness in you in any way.

Jesus Himself became angry when He found the people selling merchandise and creating a market place in the temple. It was a grievous offence against the holy purpose of the temple, which as Jesus explained, was primarily for worship and prayer (Matthew 21:12, 13). Righteous indignation is a powerful motivation to get things done, but anger did not rule Jesus. Immediately the temple was cleansed His love flowed to heal the blind and the lame and the children filled the temple praising God (Matthew 21:14-16). This is a great lesson for us. His love and zeal for God's house never stopped flowing even when He got angry.

Men, when anger gets out of control anything can happen. It is often far worse than what caused the anger in the first place. Self control is one of the nine aspects of the fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22, 23.

Anger is actually a negative mood and no Christian has the right to control people by his or her negative moods. Do not make excuses for using the "silent treatment" or the "loud treatment" in order to control your family or friends.

Do not try to control your family or anyone with impolite interjections that are rude and embarrassing to your family and friends. Instead, pray and ask God to help you keep cool, calm, and collected. Ask God to give you wisdom.

"The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace" (James 3:17, 18).

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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DadDaughter Those who seek to live righteous lives before their families and fellowmen do not help the cause of Christ by being overly serious or having a "stiff upper lip." "Holier than thou" attitudes that cause others to feel condemned and worthless turn people away from Christ.

Happy, rejoicing, and glad-hearted fathers are a great advertisement for Christ Jesus. The next generation will gladly receive the baton of biblical values from fathers who daily display the joy of the Lord. Stern, fault-finding, critical people are very difficult to live with, even if they go to church regularly. Christians who rarely smile look as though they have been "baptized in lemon juice" as someone has said. People who think that holiness is best displayed on a straight face that would crack if it smiled have completely misunderstood true holiness.

Holiness is a state only made possible through the blood of Christ. It is a heart that grieves over sin but greatly rejoices of God's grace, mercy, and goodness.

Men, just as a diamond is best displayed on a beautiful, shining ring, even so God's principles, laws, and values are best displayed on the countenances of Christians whose faces shine. When Stephen "full of faith and power" spoke about Jesus it tells us that "all that sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel." What do our family and others say about our faces?

Men, you can be a dedicated Christian and still keep a genuine smile on your face.

Keep smiling.

Colin Campbell

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