Alien vs Predator…The Mummy’s Curse…Again?

Do you remember that blog I wrote “Alien vs Predator: Weddings, Ceremonies and Rites of Passages?  I started off by saying; “Why do humans go places and touch things they aren’t supposed to touch?”  This was a theme in that flick, and it’s the same theme in this new movie coming out in December called “Pyramid”.  (Didn’t those people read my blog?)  I’m certain a good amount of those characters will meet an unfortunate “Mummy’s Curse” kind of death -I predict this fate, even though I’ve never seen the movie…

At least Alien vs Predator had a backdrop of a nobler purpose, which was that of showing the importance of rites of passages and ceremonies… (even for aliens)

 

In the Genesis Man Ministry, ceremonies are very important, especially the ones that focus on celebrating and affirming a particular transition such as puberty, graduating high school, getting a job, or even getting married.  As men and young men, we were never meant to go at it alone.  We were never meant to wonder through life like nomads.  We are supposed to get to manhood with our eyes open and rubbing shoulders with other men.  (The Greek “phalanx” fighting formation -shield on the left, spear on the right in tightly pack lines of soldiers- is a metaphor that demonstrates why boys need men to develop and why men need other men to live successful lives.  Each soldier’s weapons were as much for the guy next to him as well as himself.)

 

At some point, boys need to transition to men.  At some point men have to tell boys that “You are a man.”  In my opinion, it is this affirmation and encouragement that is lacking especially in our North American society.

My son just turned thirteen years of age, and I am planning a ceremony for him.  I’m inviting a small group of men and his peers.  He’ll respond to a challenge he must present to us.  We’ll encourage him, affirm him, and give him a “Gift of Significance”.  It’ll last about an hour, but I do believe that this experience will linger a life time…

 

I remember one of the early ceremonies our group did a few years ago.  We encouraged the young man, recognized his manhood, gave him advice, gave him a gift of significance, exhorted him, prayed for him, and then gave him a chance to respond.  I was unprepared at how overwhelmed and broken up he was.  He could barely express his appreciation at the fact that a group of men cared enough to spend an hour to participate in his ceremony.  I knew then I was on the right track, and I know it’s the right thing now.  Unlike a pyramid below the ice (Alien vs Predator) or one below the sand…I know that this is a place we should all be.

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