Most American men are lonely but don’t want to admit it. Maybe you’re thinking that this can’t possibly be true. After all, he’s always out hunting, fishing, or playing golf with the boys. Or maybe you’re thinking aren’t we the most interconnected society in human history? Yep. But we’re still lonely.
We have more access to other people via email, text, video chat, social media, and other networks than any other generation in human history? You would think because of this phenomenon that we would have more relationships than any other generation. And you would be wrong. We have more surface level relationships than ever before, but no real deep friendships. Think about it, you may have several hundred “friends” on Facebook… but how many of them could you call up at 3 o’clock in the morning when your life is falling apart, who would drop everything, and come to your side? If that were the definition of a “Facebook Friend,” most of us would have no friends on Facebook.
Men Need Real Friends
This is especially true of men. Very few men that I know have a significant relationship with another man. I’m talking the kind of relationship where a man tells another man what’s going on in their soul. The truth is you can be in a crowd of 1000 other men and women, who all know you by name, and still be lonely.
What we need in our society is deep, intimate friendships. So does it make any difference to you that Jesus Christ said “I will never leave you I will never forsake you?” If you don’t know Jesus personally you could probably care less. Should it make any difference that Jesus will never leave you or forsake you? YES!
The Only Perfect Friend
You see Jesus is the only one who knows what’s happening in the recesses of your soul. He knows what’s going on deep inside your thoughts and your heart, yet he still loves you anyway. So when he says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5) that means the one who knows you best also loves you most. It means, that at 3 o’clock in the morning you’re never alone. It also means that you have other brothers in Jesus’ church who should love you and will be there for you as well.