Boy, my recent article created some buzz. I heard a lot of feedback about it, and most of the feedback was very similar. The biggest question that came out of it was “What does it actually look like to take the hill?”. As I pressed further it seemed there was still some clarity that lacked about what I mean when I use that term.
So I knew it was necessary to write part 2 and unpack things further.
For starters, let’s talk about what I do not mean when I say ‘Take the hill”.
‘Take the hill’ is not a mantra for politically conservative Christians, and rest assured it has zero connection to ideas like storming the capital building. In fact, the root of it isn’t political at all - even though I believe it does eventually have political implications.
‘Take the hill’ is not a call to physical violence. It’s not a call to physical force in the sense that most might visualize when they hear the phrase. (Although, I recommend every person be prepared to defend themselves, their family, and their community should the need arise)
It doesn’t relate to the seven mountain mandate and doesn’t necessarily mean you need to vote the right kinds of people into offices - although there’s wisdom in voting well.
‘Take the hill’ is an unavoidable reality when specifically the men in the Church, by the grace of God, grow in courage, strength, and boldness and influence their spheres through obedience to God’s ways and gospel saturation.
Thus, I believe taking the hill can only begin with the redemption and restoration of Biblical masculinity and femininity.
Before I get too far into that topic, it’s worth noting the depth and riches we find in Genesis. Everything we see mentioned and outlined in Genesis 1 & 2 gives us this beautiful picture of what a good and perfect God would do with a blank slate in a pre-fall world.
God could create anything He wanted, how He wanted, and he could bring his glory into all the earth in whichever ways he wanted. He chose to create man. Then create woman. This has to be our foundation and backdrop for this discussion.
The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. This was the whole point behind Genesis 1:28’s cultural mandate which we’ll discuss further in a moment. But we cannot glorify God when the Church doesn’t have a strong handle on gender and sexuality because so much of life is lived downstream of this topic.
If we get this wrong, we get most things wrong.