What we need today in the pulpit is courage. This is not the time to go soft or politically correct so as to not “offend” the overly sensitive (often the overly sensitive is just a cover for a rebellious, hard heart). The apostle Paul put it this way: “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13 ESV).
Yes, love all men in everything you do (as Paul goes on to write in 1 Corinthians 16:14), but let it be love that is more than sentimental gibberish. Our love is to be genuine, costly and powerful. I appreciate how Doug Wilson puts it: “… We must be masculine in our ministry because the pulpit ought to be the sort of public place where it takes courage to stand. … To say the pulpit is a place that requires courage of a sort peculiar to men is not to say that courage is non-existent or unnecessary everywhere else. But this is just a small sampling of what a minister of the gospel must be willing to do—he must be willing to be misunderstood and misrepresented in ways just like this” (Douglas Wilson, Still Not Professionals: Ten Pleas for Today’s Pastors, p. 14).
So, men be men. Be courageous and strong in the power of the Lord. Now is not the time to be something less than what God created us to be.