As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, it behooves us to assess our standing in the culture as Christian men in 2024.


The traditional view of the Bible, which has been the cornerstone of our faith for centuries, is being challenged by modern societal norms. This can be depressing but it can also serve as an excellent backdrop for our light to shine brighter, if we remember our calling as a city on a hill in a world that desperately needs it.

The concept of being a city on a hill originates from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, where He instructs the disciples to be the light of the world, a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” ‭‭Matthew ‭5‬:‭14‬ ‭

This metaphor is not just a figure of speech; it is a call to action. It is a reminder that as Christians, we are not of this world but are called to be a transformative force within it. We are to be the salt that preserves and the light that guides, even in the darkest of times.

This is the vision Hill Cities strives to ignite in the hearts of the men who have join our groups all over the Twin Cities metro area.

In today’s America the influence of secularism seems to be growing as Goliath who shamelessly intimidates believers. This makes it more important than ever for Christian men to stand firm in their faith.

But there is a price to pay if we are not to be swayed by the false gods of wealth, power, and status.


Choosing Jesus means rejecting every other false god and religion, and embracing the values that He taught us through His life, death, and resurrection. The idea that we can say yes to Jesus and not to reject the lies of false gods and belief systems, is literally a satanic strategy to transform us into a toothless and spineless go-along-to-get-along type of a social gospel demographic good for nothing of significance in the Kingdom of God.

We must remember that our identity is not in our political affiliations, our jobs, or our social status, but in Christ alone. We are called to be ambassadors for Christ, representing Him in a world that often rejects Him.

It’s time to take our place as a city on a hill and not be afraid to proclaim the truth of the Gospel. Being a city on a hill is not just a metaphor; it is a calling. We are not just a chaotic mass of individuals; we are the Body of Christ, united in our faith and purpose. And together, we can make a difference as men in America regardless of where each one of us is at in the journey of life.

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Jeff Hagen
President & Founder
Hill Cities, Inc.

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