“Men Need to Band Together and Fight for What Is True and Honorable, Disrupt the Flow of Compromise” Says Dr. Tim Clinton in New Book, ‘Take It Back’
May 17, 2021
LYNCHBURG, VA.— Dr. Tim Clinton explores the Biblical concept of standing up for truth in his new book, co-authored with Max Davis, “Take It Back: Reclaiming Biblical Masculinity – The Heart and Strength of Being a Man.”
In 1986, Florida State head football coach Bobby Bowden was faced with a choice: Would he rise up, or would he stay down?
Bobby Bowden called a team meeting the day after Florida State Seminoles’ offensive tackle Pablo Lopez was shot and killed after an argument, and had a frank discussion with his players about where Lopez was and where they would be when they died. He said, “Men, I don’t preach to you guys very often, but I’m going to preach to you today…I’m going to talk to you about something that doesn’t have anything to do with football, and I want you to listen.”
Coach Bowden shared the gospel with his players as well as his own faith journey. He then said, “All you guys are 18 to 22 and think you are going to live forever, and Pablo thought the same thing.” He pointed to an empty chair and said, “Where is he today? Where are you going to be?”
Later recalling the incident, Bowden felt he had to speak truth to his players:
“I feel I have a responsibility. These other professors can get you in their classroom, and they can talk about communism—that they are communists or atheists—and nobody bothers them. I feel like as a football coach I have a right to tell you what I think is right…I want you all to go to heaven; that’s why I express this. It’s your choice. I don’t want to die without at least telling you what I know.”
His words had a lasting impact on not only the team members he addressed that day, but other men in the room, including his Assistant coach Mark Richt, who stood in the back of the room as Coach Bowden addressed the players. Richt, who would later become the head coach at the University of Georgia, recalls:
“He was addressing the players…I just happened to be in the room, but he was speaking to me…I became very convinced at that moment that then was the time for me to live for Christ.”
Not too long after Lopez’s death and the team meeting, Richt gave his life to the Lord in Bowden’s office. Richt went on to have an impact for the kingdom himself. Coach Richt “is absolutely fearless in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with others.”
From Biblical times to the present, God has always called men to stand up in the face of opposition and do what is right.
“Whether a David, a King Josiah, or a Nehemiah, regardless of the period in history, God has always had His men who were willing to stand up in the face of fierce opposition and do what needed to be done. It is no different today,” says Dr. Clinton, who dubs such men “remnant renegades.” Such men “were courageous, tough, and battle tested. They were men’s men, but they were so much more. They were remnants, and they were renegades. The two go hand-in-hand. They were remnants in that they were in the minority. They were renegades in that they rose up in defiance.
“Sick and tired of what had been going on in the culture around them, they banded together to fight for what was true and honorable. They were men called to disrupt the flow of compromise. It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t safe. Disrupting the flow of compromise never is.”
It’s not enough to be sick and tired of what has been going on in the culture, men are called to speak up, speak out and not be silenced by the world. And Dr. Clinton heralds the dawn of this era with the clarion call:
“Remnant renegades, it is time to be bold. It is time to speak up and speak out. Don’t let the world silence you. You are full of the Holy Spirit, and it is time to take it back and recover all! It is time to man up and fully embrace your God-given masculinity, offering that masculinity back to God for Him to use.
“Remember, God uses remnant renegades to change nations . . . and locker rooms.”
In “Take It Back: Reclaiming Biblical Masculinity – The Heart and Strength of Being a Man,” Clinton, president of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), challenges readers to reject the culture’s redefinition and seek biblical examples of true manhood. Fast-paced, filled with relevant, biblical stories of godly men like David and Nehemiah, and contemporary stories of godly men like George Foreman and Tim Tebow, “Take It Back” empowers men to be who God created them to be and to impact the culture that is in desperate need of their influence. Study and discussion questions at the end of each chapter make “Take It Back” a perfect resource for men’s Bible studies and small groups.
Dr. Tim Clinton, EdD, LPC, LMFT, is president of AACC, the largest and most diverse Christian counseling association in the world. Dr. Clinton also serves as co-host of “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk,” heard on nearly 1400 radio outlets daily. Licensed as a Professional Counselor and as a Marriage and Family Therapist, Dr. Clinton is recognized as a world leader in mental health and relationship issues and spends much of his time working with Christian leaders and professional athletes. He has authored or edited nearly 30 books. Dr. Clinton and his wife, Julie, have two children, and a granddaughter.
Max Davis is the author of over 30 books that have been featured in USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, Bible Gateway, and on “The Today Show” and “The 700 Club.” He holds degrees in journalism and biblical studies. In addition to his own works, he’s done a variety of collaboration projects with highly notable leaders.
“Take It Back” was released on April 6, by Charisma House, which publishes books that challenge, encourage, teach, and equip Christians.
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