I attended a Promise Keeper Conference over the Weekend. I have been to several PK events over the years and as usual, I came away, strengthen, renewed, and wiped out. (They can be emotionally draining and a 5 hour drive each way also takes some toll on a guy.)
Promise Keepers’ central message is simple, Love God, Love your Wife, Love your Kids. Then they remind guys that Love Demands Action. In simple terms, they told guys, “Man up! Do the right thing! Protect your wife and kids. Do not do things that will harm your family.” The central message was, “Draw close to God, you need Him and your Family needs you!”
Here are a few Quotations from the Weekend that I found interesting:
- “You gotta have a blood test to prove that you are God’s.” – Miles McPherson
- “We all worship something – What do you worship?” – Derwin Grey
- “We should wallpaper our minds with the Word of God.” – Derwin Grey
- “Marinate yourself in God’s Word.” – Derwin Grey
- “All sin means we are living in a state of temporary insanity.” Crawford Loritz
- “There is no long term victory in the Christian life without Christian community.” – Crawford Loritz
- “If the truth offends you, that is your problem” – (Unknown)
Trying to summarize a 10 hour event is kind of hard to do, but I think the following is a pretty accurate representation: Men need to love God and make sure that He is at the center of our lives. Christianity is more than going to church, it is about having a relationship with God, it is about loving Him with everything we have. Our love for God will manifest itself in many ways, and demand certain actions from us, such as, loving our wives and children, being active in our church, and protecting our family, church, and community from evil. They hit us hard on the issue of pornography, they blamed (and rightfully so – in my opinion) the problem of human trafficking on men and challenged us to start fighting against it. They called us to love and honor our wives, both when we are with them and when we are apart. They also called us to racial reconciliation, something that PK has been emphasizing since the early 90’s.
In years past feminist groups have attack Promise Keepers for trying to get men to dominate their wives. All I heard was that we are to love, respect, and be there for our wives and families. (One session’s message revolved around husbands washing their wife’s feet as a symbol of being a servant to them, like Jesus did at the last supper.) If your husband is thinking about going to a PK event, encourage him to do it. (If you are on of the men who reads this blog, find a conference and go.) There is only one conference left this year and it is in Florida, but make plans now, to go next year. You can find more info on PK here – Promise Keepers.*
*If you have Questions about PK, check out their About pull-down menu, I would recommend their 7 Promises & Core Value sections as good places to start.