In Shakespeare’s famous play “Henry V” the English king rallies his troops before they entered the battle against the French by saying, “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!” It was a monumental moment in the play when the king encouraged camaraderie and brotherhood as they gathered to fight a common enemy. It’s interesting to note that Tom Hanks and Stephen Spielberg collaborated on a WWII mini-drama they aptly titled, “Band of Brothers.” A line they borrowed from Shakespeare’s play.
It should come as no surprise that as the head of the household men face a real enemy bent on their destruction. It’s equally true that if a man falls in battle the impact on his kids, wife, even church is tremendous. Paul reminds us in Ephesians 6:12 that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood,” but instead battle “against the ruler of the darkness of this age.” The battle we wage is real and the stakes for victory high! Failure is not an option! Men, not only do we have a King named Jesus who will lead us into and through the battle called life, but we should also remember we have brothers with us in the foxhole. Just as King David had his mighty ”men of valor,” we face our foe with a mighty “band of brothers.”
At Calvary316 we could think of no better way than to view our men’s ministry as a “Band of Brothers.” Not only does this constantly remind us of the battle we wage, but we believe it establishes a context for the importance of brotherhood. Sadly, most men’s ministries have become characterized as a glorified therapy session aimed at drawing men into a discussion of their feelings and emotions. This is tragic!
At Calvary316 we believe a gathering of men should feel more like the morning an army prepares for war. Our focus should be on maning up, sharpening swords, bandaging wounds, receiving matching orders from the King, developing effective strategies, and banding together as brothers to engage the enemy.