CAUTION//READ AT YOUR OWN RISK – My wife advised me that the words I have written below may come across more harshly than I mean them to. So I read it again. While I mean everything I say, nothing I say is meant to be mean. I'm not pointing fingers from my high horse. If you think I am, then let my wife know and I guarantee she'll put me in my place. No one is more aware of my shortcomings. Nor does anyone on Earth love me more. That is how I mean the words that follow. To be aware of shortcomings, but love those who strive is what we should be about. For though we were all born into sin, we have been called out of it. So, consider yourself warned and read on, or turn back now...
There's a poignant eulogy delivered in Act of Valor that begins with the words, “Before my father died, he said the worst thing about growing old was that other men stop seeing you as dangerous.” How many of us are really dangerous men when we're young though? It's the way we we were meant to be, but it's often only the way we long to be.
There's a bit of dialogue in C.S. Lewis's classic The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe that has always stuck with me. Susan inquires about Aslan, “Is he—quite safe?” To which Mr. Beaver responds, “Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good.” In Lewis's allegory Aslan is representative of God. If we were created in the image of God, then some part of who we are is supposed to be dangerous, but good.
Unfortunately, we've all been born into a risk averse, politically correct culture in which every liability has been insured against and tolerance prevents any contest. It is a culture that does not allow us to cultivate our dangerous nature.
What a sad day. My personal fear is for the days of future when we rue the days of past, particularly the days when McDonald's invented the Big Mac, Microsoft invented the Xbox, and text messaging destroyed basic literacy. Make no mistake, there are people in the world who want nothing more than an opportunity to kill and destroy every person and every institution that supports life and liberty. And they have foregone the satisfaction of food and entertainment while they have applied their minds and bodies to the study of warfare. What will happen to us on the day when the only youth left to defend us have been raised in the shadow of our generation?
I am not saying that being a dangerous man has something to do only with armed conflict. Rather, every man should be dangerous in a manner appropriate for his battle. In recent days ISIL declared a caliphate in Iraq and Syria. Meanwhile at home, certain high profile politicians have championed the LGBT agenda and subsidized birth control, to include abortion. In both places those causes are advanced by dangerous men who are not good. In Iraq they wear ski masks and carry guns. In America they wear suits and speak eloquently. But they are all dangerous.
So I ask, where are the Aslans? Where are the dangerous, but good men? If we are soldiers we should be physically fit and competent with the tools of our trade. Those are the prerequisites of being a dangerous man in a gunfight. If our fight is not on the battlefield with weapons, then we should be dangerous in a way that is relevant to that fight. Physical fitness may be less important in that battle than a mastery of words and information. Those are the prerequisites for being a dangerous man in a public presentation.
In either battle understanding the cause that we are fighting for is equally important. If we do not understand the cause, we will never know victory. We may subdue our enemies for a time, but it will not achieve a lasting victory. Make no mistake. As I have already said our enemies seek to destroy life and liberty, but our cause is nothing less than freedom. It is for freedom we have been set free. If we have escaped the darkness through salvation, then let's step into our calling as dangerous men and venture back into the darkness to bring the light of freedom to those still beset on every side by the enemy.
Written by Ben Machia, 01 July 2014