All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.
What does it mean to be a Dangerous man? And why is it important?
Being Dangerous is different from being Hazardous, at least as i am using it here. A Hazardous man hurts people in his selfishness. He takes what he thinks are courageous risks, but they are really just foolish attempts to feel strong and manly. A Hazardous man doesn’t understand relationships or true wisdom. He relies on his physical or mental capacities to get through life, but eventually he uses those same good capacities as a way to dominate others. A Hazardous man damages other people.
But a Dangerous man, well, he’s something completely different.
Whatever his strengths, a Dangerous man uses them not to boast about himself; not to dominate others; and not for selfish gain. Rather, he uses them to bring Life, Freedom and Goodness into each situation he faces. A Dangerous man pursues what is right against the encroachment of evil. And, a Dangerous man knows how to nurture relationships.
Ultimately, a Dangerous man knows that authentic masculinity means emulating Jesus, who was a Dangerous man for all the right reasons.
The reason Dangerous men are needed is because the world is corrupted by sin and evil looks to advance wherever it can. Men who are dealing with addiction, particularly pornography addiction, need to become Dangerous or they will stay locked in their prison of acting out over and over and over again.
T.E. Lawrence refers to Dangerous men as “dreamers of the day.” Dangerous men do, in fact, dream. They dream different sorts of dreams from other men. They dream of having a legitimate strength and power to offer the world and the people they love which will bless others and bring Life and Freedom and Goodness into the world. They dream, particularly Intentional Warriors who are fighting for purity and freedom, of a society in which pornography’s hold on people would be broken.
Dangerous men dream of redeemed sexuality and passion; they dream of freedom in their own lives such that they are no longer at the whims of pornified culture. Dangerous men dream of a movement of men who reject the false comforts of pornography and embrace authentic masculinity.
Dangerous men dream of being real men. And because they dream in the day they act on their dreams with open eyes to make them possible.