Too Much Testosterone

Obedient as I am, I arrived exactly three hours before flight time yesterday. It took me five minutes to check-in, another five to go through security. So what was I to do with the other two hours and fifty minutes?

I shopped a little, had coffee, then sat down in the lounge to wait. High above me was a television screen. Yesterday, November 9th, marked the anniversary of the day that the Berlin Wall was torn down. The interviewer was speaking to a man who had been there on the day the wall was demolished. He had escaped from East Germany and later became a border guard at the famous wall. He remarked that it always bothered him that across the barbed wire and the no-man's land, a cousin or some other family member might be facing him with a rifle in his hand. Would family or friend one day be called to exchange shots, perhaps kill?

When I arrived in Caracas, all the news was about the dispute between Venezuela and Colombia. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is constantly speaking about the possibility of war. Colombia and Venezuela are brother nations, whose roots and branches are as intertwined as those of an olive tree. Will family or friends some day face each other across a shared border, one taking pot shots at the other?

War is a waste, often the case of too much testosterone in the room, as a friend recently said. All sides claim that they are in the right, that their belligerence is justified. In the end only God can judge the real motivation behind "too much testosterone" and its effects.

Today's verse reminded me that one day we will all have to give account of ourselves. And that accounting will be in accordance with the Word of God which we have as our guidebook on how to act in the world.

Hebrews 4:12, 13 says: "For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account".

I suspect it might be a whole lot wiser to tailor our attitudes and actions to the Word of God before God uses that same Word to condemn attitudes and actions taken apart from it.

Is there a pill for too much testosterone?


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