Friday, October 12, 2012

We Need Men to be Men

Our culture is confused about what it means to be a man.  The result of this reality can be seen all around us.  It can be seen in a high crime rate, a high divorce rate, and a high debt rate.  When men walk away from their responsibilities as men bad things happen.

What qualities should men possess?  What does Christian manliness look like?  I begin to answer those questions in this post at Paul's Ponderings:

All of creation needs men to be men. If a male doesn’t accept his design to be a man, bad things happen. Essentially that is what Genesis 3 shows us; sin entered the world because Adam refused to be a man. Adam’s responsibility was protect his wife’s integrity. Instead he passively stands by as Eve is tempted by the serpent. Sin entered the world because Adam did not accept his responsibility as a man.
The world needs men. If that is the case then: What makes a man a man? Here are a few thoughts I have had as I have pondered this question.
I believe that the Church needs to do a better job at teaching people what it means to be created in God’s image and what it means to be a man or a woman. Since God created people in His image, male and female, I believe there is something of God’s character which is captured in the masculinity of men and the femininity of women. I know this becomes a touchy subject because sometimes it seems that in doing so women are reduced to second class citizens.

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