I’m about to get in some serious trouble. There’s a Mount Rushmore in the African-American entertainment community that you just don’t touch. Among prominent figures on this fictitious monument? Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, and Steve Harvey. There may be others, but those three are certainly on top of the entertainment game. And one thing you aint gonna do…is talk bad about members of Mount Rushmore. That’s like talking about somebody’s momma. So this post might get me in trouble. But oh well. I’ll deal with the consequences. Since I just posted something about Perry laying hands on Bishop Jakes, figured it was time to hit another figure on that great mountain. Steve Harvey. Specifically, I want to talk about the “Think Like A Man” chatter that I here in these streets. With the sequel set to release next summer-ish, I think it’s time to sit down and really consider what it means to “Think Like a Man”.
Let me start by saying this. Most of my readers are Christians. And as Christians we are called to a standard that isn’t necessarily popular or “in”. And this is true when it comes to relationships. Our relationships should always be informed by the Word of God. Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen as often as it should. And relationships fail more often in the Christian community than any other community. It’s time to step back and evaluate who (or what) informs and influences our relationships. Here are a few thoughts:
If we spend too much time listening to opinions on a morning talk shows, we have a problem.
If a morning show cuts our morning devotional short, we have a problem.
If the Strawberry Letter has taken the place of Paul’s letters to the Church, we have a problem.
But John, those letters…the morning show…they talk about real issues. For that I apologize on behalf of church as you know it. Let me say this though. The fact that the church you attend—or church as you know it—hasn’t addressed real issues doesn’t mean that God hasn’t done so. Here’s the thing. Steve Harvey hasn’t just come up with these principles in his book out of the blue. In fact, he likely learned a lot of the stuff he talks about in his book from the godly heritage of older family members. So you can’t knock him for sharing that information. And you can’t necessarily knock him for his message reaching so many people who are fed up with church and its hypocrisy. In fact, you have to applaud him for that. And you have to applaud him for the work he does with his youth foundation for young men. He’s not just an entrepreneur, but someone who gives back to the community. He is to be commended for this.
for the next several weeks I’m going to write some posts (from time to time) on Harvey’s book. I want folks to know that I’m not just critiquing the book haphazardly. I am not on the outside looking in. The book is in my library. I want to pinpoint some issues I have with what he’s written. More than that, I want to hold believers accountable to the standard created by our Redeemer. A standard that has held marriages and relationships together for thousands of years. A standard found in the best-selling book of all-time.
Trust me. I’ve watched the movie. I’ll watch the sequel. I’ve laughed (I think Kevin Hart is hilarious). But the Gospel will always remain the Gospel. Never to be usurped or replaced. This Gospel changes everything about a man. Right down to his thinking. So if you want to really think like a man, you have to turn to the Word of God.
In fact, even this blog is just that. Commentary. But it’s commentary utilizing, informed by, and deeply influenced by the Word of God. So over the next several weeks, I intermittently share my offering on the chapters of Harvey’s book. A Biblical approach to “Think Like a Man”. May it be acceptable to the Lord.