This is the first in a series we are calling “Uprising –Part II.” We discover that a rebellion is taking place against the suffering created by broken masculinity. This article — and the others that follow — takes us on a journey into the broken male culture, showing us that God is our Father and He wants us to return home to His family, and like any loving Father, He expects His sons to behave accordingly.

Here’s what an uprising looks and feels like: deeply felt issues and injustices produce pain, creating emotion and energy. It cooks and simmers over a period of time. That time could be months. It could be years or centuries. Then, just as with a dormant volcano or roadside bomb, there is a trigger. There is a flashpoint. That flashpoint happened, and corporately the people say it ends here.   

Uprisings are powerful. They are recognized by the power that they threaten. Those who are threatened need it to be crushed immediately. Think about our Jewish heritage. I am thinking about Masada, when the Romans crushed a revolt. Think about China: Tiananmen Square.  

Uprisings are often crushed immediately because if allowed to thrive and be fueled by emotion and energy, they could change the course of history. Historically, we’ve seen these uprisings. Some were crushed while others succeeded like the French and American Revolutions. 

Is this not the essence of famous “man” movies like “Braveheart?” Remember the famous speech in Mel Gibson’s portrayal of William Wallace at the battle of Sterling? What you see is an army of free men standing in defiance of tyranny. They had deeply felt issues, deeply felt injustices placed upon Scotland by the English. You had a flashpoint. There is a pressure point of energy, emotion and courage. Then into the scene comes the man with blue paint on his face, and he speaks into that moment of decision. 

What will you do with the freedom you’ve been given to face issues and injustices? Are you going to retreat and feel small in the face of towering situations? Years from now are you going to experience the regrets of not seizing the moment to fight?

Or, will you fight?

I think “Braveheart” is number one or two on the “man” movie list exactly because we realize the truth of what he said. Fight and you may die. Run and you live. But many years from now, lying in your bed, if you’ve chosen to retreat, how much regret would you have and what would you give to go back to that moment in time and do it over again, and risk spilling blood because there was a cost at that moment that was greater than your own self-preservation and your own self-protection.

You see, that is the issue. Masculinity through the centuries has abandoned self-protection, self-indulgence and self-preservation, instead fighting for a cause, something bigger than ourselves.

Gibson’s Wallace speech focuses his men on seizing the moment at the plane of hesitation, bleaching the bones of millions of men throughout history who, on the threshold of victory, sat down and waited, and in waiting, they died. They didn’t die physically. They died in manhood because they didn’t step up. They didn’t seize the moment. They hesitated. They died as a man. They became small. They went soft. They retreated. They missed the flashpoint. They did not risk fighting, instead they ran and retreated.  

The William Wallace of “Braveheart” is a Hollywood version of manhood. My face is not painted blue-and-white. I don’t have blood on me. I am not holding a claymore in my hands. I am not going to jump up and down, riding on a horse. I don’t have a cavalry across the battlefield.