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Biblical Manhood

“[Y]ou are not ashamed of your sin [in committing adultery] because so many men commit it. Man’s wickedness is now such that men are more ashamed of chastity than of lechery. Murderers, thieves, perjurers, false witnesses, plunderers and fraudsters are detested and hated by people generally, but whoever will sleep with his servant girl in brazen lechery is liked and admired for it, and people make light of the damage to his soul. And if any man has the nerve to say that he is chaste and faithful to his wife and this gets known, he is ashamed to mix with other men, whose behaviour is not like his, for they will mock him and despise him and say he’s not a real man; for man’s wickedness is now of such proportions that no one is considered a man unless he is overcome by lechery, while one who overcomes lechery and stays chaste is considered unmanly.” 

― Augustine of HippoSermons 1-19

 

“we (modern society) make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.”

C.S. LewisThe Abolition of Man

Real masculinity is therefore substantiated as a man endeavors to become a good worker. In a day when manhood is said to consist in vain machismo, or violence, or soft effeminacy, we need to anchor ourselves to this bedrock “Creation Ordinance” and be confident that our manhood will be validated as we labor with a good, image-bearing work ethic. We must cultivate the personal habits of self-discipline, thoroughness, perseverance and financial prudence. We must mortify laziness, and disorganization. The single man should realize that prospective wife will appreciate his ability to provide for her fare more than his muscles and hairstyle. The single Christian man should give himself to the priorities God set for Adam while he was yet single. The single Christian man needs to establish himself in a viable vocation. So too that married man, who gives his family a sense of protection and provision, is far more respected than a man whose incompetence as a worker renders his family vulnerable to financial insecurity.

Here, gentlemen, is where the challenge of our manhood lies. Here is the profile of godly manhood: a man who can diligently labor and provide for his home; a man who understands life as defined by the Word of God and who can communicate God’s truth in love; a man whose leadership engenders confidence and security to those over whom he has responsibility. Such are the men our families desperately need. Such are the men our churches desperately need. Such are the men our society desperately needs. Such are the men who glorify God. We may well ask ourselves, “Am I such a man?”

Pastor Alan J. Dunn

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