God wants men to be free. Free to demonstrate toughness when a situation or relationship demands it. Free to display grit, strength, commitment, and decisiveness under the Holy Spirit’s direction. God also wants men to be free to demonstrate tenderness, sensitivity and humility. Free to be vulnerable enough to foster intimacy and to shed tears. Authentic masculinity produces a divine elasticity in men. Finally they can lead with firmness, then submit with humility. They can challenge with a cutting edge, then encourage with enthusiasm. They can fight aggressively for a just cause, then moments later weep over suffering. Secure, free, authentic men leave a mark – on their colleagues, friends, wives, and especially their children .

God Bless

(name withheld)

Dear (name withheld),

Thank you for contacting the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF).

Mikey has read your email and asked me to respond.

I have read and re-read your message numerous times. I have never read a more succinct definition of an authentic man and could feel the love and passion you put into it.

You have encapsulated the very being of Mikey in one paragraph. The side that people see is of a man that has a tough exterior and is very demanding of equal treatment for all soldiers, but the flip side of him is the caring and love of those soldiers in need. He has given out of his own pocket to those soldiers that find themselves penniless, a shoulder to cry on when a soldier is being singled out and, and a caring heart with the promise to make it better.

You see, Mikey never acts on his own but at the request of a soldier that sees the blatant disregard for the Constitution and military law. It is vetted before he takes any action.

Mikey – who is Jewish and not an atheist – is the face and founder of MRFF, but there is the Board, Advisory Board, volunteers and supporters of which 75% of us is Christian. 96% of the almost 35,000 (1 can represent 50) soldier clients are Christians.

I have to say that Mikey is probably one of the most prayed for people by those both for and against him by the emails he receives.

We thank you for God’s blessing that you have given Mikey and in return I pray that God blesses your socks off!

Pastor Joan

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