Saturday, December 11, 2021

Christian Masculinity

 My reply to an excerpt of an article written by complementarian Michael Witcoff and shared to thousands by the CEO of Gab, Andrew Torba.

Witcoff writes: With every passing generation, men become weaker and more confused. This is not only because of dropping testosterone levels across the board, but also because men have few – if any – strong role models in modern America.

My reply: If men are becoming weaker and more confused with every generation, I propose that it is because they never knew who they were to begin with. When our identity is solidly anchored to the Rock of Ages, we do not flounder. We don't complain about how weak are. We do not consistently whine about how confused we are about our identities. Nor do we feel threatened by others who do not hold to our convictions. 

On the other hand, if a man's identity is anchored CBMW'S false doctrine of male supremacy (complementarianism), that man will feel threatened by any other men or women who disagree with him. That man will struggle with who he believes he is supposed to be when the paradigm fails. And it will fail. That man will lose his compass…because he never knew where he was supposed to be going in the first place.

Witcoff writes: More and more young boys are raised by single mothers or in female-dominant homes, and then they go off to public school… where their instruction and discipline is performed almost entirely by women. What’s a young boy to do?

My reply: What is this “female-dominant” rhetoric? A male dominant environment would be ideal? Being raised and educated by women is a fate worse than death, or the next thing to it? Really?

“What’s a young boy to do?” I’ll tell you. If the single-mother raising him and his mostly women teachers are godly women, he should follow them as they follow Christ. If he does this, he will grow up to become a godly man, strong in the Lord and in the power of HIS might.

And who says that boys raised by single mothers grow up with no strong male role-models? Prove it. That is a patently false statement.

The real issue is not whether a home is female or male dominant. God forbid that either should be dominant in any home with two parents. In a perfect world, both parents are needed. Beyond that, what is at stake is whether children, regardless of sex, are being raised in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Rhetoric like that of Michael Witcoff, created and fueled by the unscriptural Council of Bible Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) is harmful, not only to women and girls but to boys and men as well.

The last time I looked, the scriptures commanded to honor our mothers as well as our fathers, and to honor all who are worthy of honor. There is nothing in the bible about boys and men honoring only male role-models. Witcoff’s parroting of CBMW’s anti-woman narrative dishonors all mothers and all women. Rhetoric like this is what confuses and weakens the men who buy into it.


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