We live in a culture that is desperately confused on what manhood is and on what to do with men. “Here are these creatures designed with a modicum of strength and resolve, designed to generally need a helpmate to support them, a helpmate for them to sacrifice for and lead… Hmm… Well, we can’t accept that…”
I do not think our culture has a sufficient, coherent answer to the question “What should a man be?” or to the question “What should our men do?”
What behaviors should it commend in men? What sorts of men should be praised? Should our culture exalt braggadocious men like Conor McGregor? Abusive ones like Floyd Mayweather? Should it exalt ones who seek to be women? Should it tell men to stand up for their loved ones, or tell them to let women do the standing up? And why? Says who?
May call in with a question, 2017 America?
Ahem. Where are you getting your standard?
I can take your answer off the air.
Which men should be jokes and which men should be praised? What should our sons use their muscles and their desires and their fight for? What is a man? And please, oh please, oh please tell me, again: Says who? Where are you getting your standard?
I think our culture is standing on some mighty soggy ground, here.
Proposal: I think our culture produces Floyd Mayweathers because it exalts Floyd Mayweathers, and I think it exalts Floyd Mayweathers because it doesn’t exalt men rightly using their manhood.
2nd Proposal: A culture that says it is bad for a man to use his strength to self-sacrificially lead his wife and children will begin to find more men using their strength for evil things.
Listen, where God and nature have clear enough presentations on what men are and what men should do, our culture is temporarily lost on the topic.
The happy news? That means the church is in a unique position to do some real good.
I mean it. There is some mighty good work to be done. There is a generation of boys among us right now who need to know what being a good man really involves, and the church may just have a monopoly on that message here on the American landscape. We have a grounded, coherent answer as to what men are and what they should do. We can help.
There is good work to be done here.
I trust Christ can use us to accomplish it.