What Biblical Masculinity Looks Like
Much has been said and reported about “toxic masculinity.” Gillette razors made the news by producing a video that soon went viral about men changing the notion that “boys will be boys.”
The American Psychological Association (APA) recently released their “first-ever guidelines for practice with men and boys—pointing out that the notions of traditional masculinity are inherently dangerous, harmful, and unhealthy. (This is the same organization that took homosexuality and gender identity disorder out of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder [DSM-V]).
I think we would all agree that anything “toxic” is bad, but what about masculinity in general? Or specifically, what about Biblical masculinity?
– Biblical masculinity means a husband loves his wife (Ephesians 5:25).
– It frowns on men objectifying or lusting after other women (Matthew 5:28).
– Biblical masculinity means that a man helps train up his children (Proverbs 22:6).
– It frowns on men who abandon their children (Proverbs 29:15).
– Biblical masculinity means a man provides for his family and widowed parents (1 Timothy 5:8).
– It frowns on men who do not work (2 Thessalonians 3:10).
– Biblical masculinity means a man tries to be holy for God is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16).
– It frowns on crude jokes and immorality (Ephesians 5:3-5).
– Biblical masculinity means a man gives to the needy (1 John 3:17; Hebrews 13:16).
– It frowns on men who waste money on materialism (1 John 2:15).
– Biblical masculinity means a man protects his wife and children (Psalm 82:3-4).
– It frowns on men who despise children (Matthew 18:10; Psalm 127:3).
– Biblical masculinity means a husband recognizes the differences between he and his wife (1 Peter 3:7).
– It frowns on men who do not honor their wives (Ephesians 5:33).
– Biblical masculinity means a man prays for his family (Philippians 4:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:17).
– It frowns on a man who is prideful thinking he can do it on his own ( Proverbs 16:18).
– Biblical masculinity means a man is the spiritual leader of his home (Ephesians 6:4)
– It frowns on men who delegate this command to their wives (1 Timothy 2:11-12).
– Biblical masculinity means a man devotes his life to making sure his family members are in the book of life (Revelation 20:11-15).
– It frowns on men who allow their children to love the world and walk out onto the broad way (Matthew 7:13-14).