"I cultivate my flowers and burn my weeds." -- Charles Spurgeon.
Charles Spurgeon was a Baptist/Calvinist preacher from England, who wrote and spoke widely during the mid-1800's. The man preached the gospel to crowds numbering 10,000, and his writings are still sought after today. He was also a cigar smoker and NEVER apologized for that, even though he was criticized for it on a regular basis.
The "burn my weeds" quote is classic, but he also had some other great quotes. Here are a few I found scattered about on the web:
"A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble."
"A vigorous temper is not altogether an evil. Men who are easy as an old shoe are generally of little worth. "
"I do not think I should care to go on worshipping a Madonna even if she did wink. One cannot make much out of a wink. We want something more than that from the object of our adoration."
"Must is a hard nut to crack, but it has a sweet kernel."
"The greatest enemy to human souls is the self-righteous spirit which makes men look to themselves for salvation."
Wow! Funny how the recognizable men of God have devolved. So many men whose names and faces we see on books, posters and TV in the name of Christ seem to lack a backbone. When I read about men like Spurgeon, who never felt a need to apologize or make excuses for anything in his life, I can't help but think we need more men like him in this world. Unfortunately, political correctness has not only taken over our society, but has infiltrated our faith. Our church leaders have to worry about image; they need to put forth a good face and make sure they don't or represent anything that is deemed "unacceptable".
Christian men need the testicular fortitude to stand up for authentic faith. We need to look to men like Spurgeon to inspire us to be bold and not shy away in the face of legalism or succumb to reality TV-type feminizing. Becoming a Christian does not mean I have become a docile, doe-eyed eunich.
“Drinking beer is easy. Trashing your hotel room is easy. But being a Christian, that's a tough call. That's rebellion.” - Alice Cooper