5 Themes of Biblical Manhood

23 Apr

In 2003, Hurricane Isabel slammed into the East Coast of the United States, leaving 16 dead and cutting power to six million homes. The edges of the hurricane passed through Washington, D.C., prompting the president and members of Congress to find safer quarters.

That was not the case at Arlington National Cemetery, where guards stood vigil at the Tomb of the Unknowns at the time, just as they had done every hour of every day since July 1, 1937. When the hurricane hit, the soldiers remained at their posts even though they were given permission to seek shelter.

That’s what a soldier does. He acknowledges the storm, but he doesn’t give in to it. He stands firm.

You can read the entire article by Dennis Rainey –  HERE!

I like several of the author’s points.

However, I do believe that the article should be retitled because three of the author’s points assume that having a wife and children is required for “Manhood.”

Many men choose to not get married or have children (for various reasons).  Jesus gives several reasons why men would not get married in Matthew 19:12.  Jesus says,

For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others–and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”

 

In this passage, Jesus is not demeaning their decisions, but lifting them up as equal members of the brotherhood.  Marriage and having children is an awesome privilege, and should be lifted up; however, these qualities should not be requirements for Manhood.  Here is a link to three developmental tasks of adulthood.

I also believe that singles and fathers without children are welcome within the definition of manhood.  When churches, authors, and individuals assume that all men should get married and have children, they ostracize men.  I want to call Christian authors like Dennis Rainey and Albert Mohler to be more senstive to our brothers in Christ.

 

Christmas 2012Dr. G. David Boyd is the Founder and Managing Director of EA Resources.  He is a defender of those called to be single, friend of those who are childless, companion to those with special needs, husband of one special woman, father to three unruly boys.

 

2 Responses to “5 Themes of Biblical Manhood”

  1. Melinda K Taylor April 23, 2015 at 10:57 #

    David. you are so right on. Because you are married or have children do not make you a man. I know lots of honorable single men who are trustworthy and excellent roll models. Unfortunately society does not recognize that and you are right the Christian writers should be one of the first to recognize them.

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