Our culture today offers a marred picture of what it means to have courage. For example, in recent times we have seen revered athletes own up to their failings such as Tiger Wood’s admission of serial adultery, Michael Phelps’ admission to recreational drug use and last week’s confession by Lance Armstrong to Oprah concerning the use of performance-enhancing drugs. It seems the dutiful on camera confession is all that is required for a reputation to be restored and the shamed are upheld for having the courage to come clean.
It’s one thing to confess and come clean, but let’s not pretend it’s courageous to deceive the public for years (in Wood’s and Armstrong’s case) and only come clean when the evidence is stacked against you. Even Oprah said of her interview, that Armstrong still seemed to be playing semantics, not wanting to fully admit his wrongs, still skirting the truth. We know that it takes a real man, a really courageous person, to admit when they’ve done wrong by others and change. True courage is modeled for us in the Bible, but sadly, celebrated confessions reflect our society’s tendency toward a very superficial standard of virtue and character.
So we’d like you to join us in a linkup to define real courage. If you have a blog, write a post about a time you (or your spouse) were faced with a choice that took courage and link your post back here using the link up tools at the bottom of this post. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to leave your definition of courage in the comments section of this post.
We want to help redefine courage in America today, so every blogger who participates in the Defining Courage Linkup will receive a copy of Dennis Rainey’s book Stepping Up, a Call to Courageous Manhood. One lucky, randomly selected winner will receive a Stepping Up Event Kit. Posts must be linked by January 28 to be eligible for the giveaways.
Plan to participate in a Stepping Up Super Saturday event on February 2 where Dennis Rainey, Voddie Baucham, Bill Bennett, Matt Chandler, James MacDonald, Robert Lewis, Mark Driscoll, and others help you tackle some of the biggest issues facing men today.