By now, you have certainly heard the rampant allegations of sexual assault surrounding several well-known personalities in Hollywood and in Washington, D.C. It seems as though accusations are surfacing on a daily basis. As these brave victims choose to speak out against the deep-seated culture of sexual harassment plaguing modern societies, I feel impressed to speak to this issue. We must condemn, in the strongest possible terms, not only the actions of these individuals, but also the cultures that have shaped them and allowed their behaviors to flourish.
What can we do to change our culture and stand firm as men of God? I have three guidelines that I believe will ensure we are doing our part to contribute integrity and godly boundaries to our society.
It cannot be stressed enough that the enemy will use every opportunity, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, to accuse you or call your character into question. Do not put yourself in situations that even have the appearance of impropriety. Take every precaution to guard your heart, eyes, and mind. Be proactive, not reactive, regarding your circumstances. If you struggle with these boundaries, speak with someone you trust (preferably a spiritual father or pastor) and allow yourself a safe place to be held accountable and grow in this area.
As men, we have a responsibility to model a life of integrity that wages war against our culture’s moral failures. If we do not honor integrity, transparency, and accountability, we cannot expect things to improve. Make the decision today to be the best model for integrity that you can be. The solution begins with us!
Our book, The Alpha Male, speaks directly to this topic. It, along with many other helpful resources, can be found on our website, www.gfwatkins.org. Also, we have our own cultural movement called Intense Men. It is specifically designed to transform men into leaders by equipping them with purpose, identity and strength. Join us in March as we host the largest Christian men’s camp out in Texas! Visit www.intensemen.com for more information and to register.