It seems the meaning of manhood is misconstrued in our culture. Just turn on any television show and the man looks like a moron. I’ll admit, it’s pretty funny to watch the humor these days. But as the years pass, these images set the model for our children on what manhood (and womanhood) looks like.
When young men ask “what is manhood?,” They will develop their answer by the role models in their homes, or who they see in Hollywood. On both sides, there’s a desperate need to display a true image and practice of biblical manhood.
How do we define it?
So how do we define manhood? How one person characterizes it may be entirely different from another. This is why we must have one standard by which we define all things—Scripture.
I heard a student once say,
The Bible is a thing of the past. This is the future and we must build on a modern way of thinking. —Critical Thinking Classmate
This is our problem today. As culture changes, so do our standards of morality—we don’t know what’s right and wrong anymore because it always changes.
Think of it like this. A desk 6,000 years from now will not suddenly become a pencil. It will always be a desk. Why? Because whoever designed it, intended for it to be—a desk.
In the same way, no man should attempt to redefine something God already defined. Since God is the designer of manhood, only he defines it. Since he designed feminism, only he can define it.
I believe if more Christian men (and women) would look to God’s word and discover their image as he intended it, and exemplify it practically in their lives, the world would be a better place today.
Why does it matter?
Why does it matter if we exemplify biblical manhood or not? The answer is simple. God has called the man to lead. So if men don’t know what that looks like biblically, how can they truly lead?
We’ve heard in John 10:10 that Satan comes to kill, steal, and destroy. But what was the first thing he stole in all of history? The answer is man’s headship. Satan knew if he could ruin man’s leadership ability, he could destroy our families and ultimately ruin the planet. Look around today, he has done a good job.
However, redemption has been made, and now it’s time to take back our dominion. Although Christ has made a clear pathway, many haven’t found it and thereby fail to lead.
In a new blog series on The Role Of Biblical Manhood, we will unpack the meaning of biblical manhood the way God has designed it. We will see Scripturally what went wrong, and what Christ did to restore it. Lastly, we will find practical ways to live it out in our daily lives.
I invite you to be courageous on this new journey— to be men who lead. We all want to see change in our communities, workplaces, and families—but if it doesn’t start with biblical manhood, it has already ended.