Dylan Thomas was a poet from Wales in the first half of the 20th century. Most of us know him from Michelle Pfeiffer’s Dangerous Minds, a movie from 1995. In the movie, the students are required to find a comparison between Dylan Thomas and John Dylan. That’s not what this post is about though. This post is about you and me.

One of Dylan Thomas’ most famous poems is Do Not Go Gently into that Good Night

Do not go gentle into that good night,

Old age should burn and rage at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,

Because their words had forked no lightning they

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright

Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,

And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight

Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,

Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

If someone like Thomas could be so clear that men should stand strong against death, what should we take away from his writings?

I believe that today’s Church has rung the death knoll on masculinity. As some are celebrating it’s death, ushering in a “kinder, gentler” era of the Church, others are mourning the loss of men in the church. Still others, few by any reckoning, are standing up and fighting for manhood. These men are raging against the death. Raging against the dying of the light. Are you one of these men that refuses to let a part of you be killed by some churches that refuse to recognize the need for masculinity and it’s presence in scripture?

I am. I will rage. I will stand tall. And I will not be struck down without 100 men to replace me.  As the Church continues to push for a Christian Nice Guy, I will continue to push for Christian Men to be “Good” before they are “Nice”. There are times when to be good, we can not be nice. This is not the message shared in the churches I grew up in, and it is not the message shared by many Sunday School teachers and pastors. A nice response is to step aside while others destroy biblical masculinity. A good response is to show the masculinity that scripture shows us.

A few years ago, I participated in a class called Journeymen. This class focused on becoming biblical men and taught 4 main points to biblical manhood. It’s time I share those here.

  • Reject Passivity
  • Accept Responsibility
  • Lead Courageously
  • Expect the Greater Reward – God’s Reward

Following these 4 points is what all of my writing here is about. And I will not go quietly, or gently.

Until the Whole World Knows,


P.S. – Over the last few weeks, I have felt increasing spiritual warfare. This is my answer. My answer is to cry out with righteous rage, “I will not go quietly, and I will continue the fight!”

  1. bobbalkcom says:

    Journeymens points are the same as Men’s Fraternity. I live by this too.
    Thank you for posting.

  2. Jim F. says:

    Love the post Paul. As a Pastor I am fighting against the emasculating of Men in church and in the Bible. The men of the Bible are real men and who are examples of masculinity.

    I love too the four points and you might have just given four point for the fathers day message. I would love to have Pastors all over America preach on these four point on fathers day.

  3. Paul S says:

    Jim, If you would like to look at the program, let me know. (email me)

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