Here is a remarkable piece which furthers the argument I put forward as of last Thursday’s post (see here). The comments by Camille Paglia are fascinating. She is a liberal thinker who appears to make no profession of Christian faith. Yet she focuses in on how the power of the transgender movement is indicative of a culture in its final throes. This obviously ties in with what I was sadly musing upon in last Thursday’s post
The thing I want to single out here though, from Ms Paglia’s comments, is the issue of the marginalization of manhood. I referred last Thursday to Brian Fitzpatrick’s article which is here. He argues, along with Paglia, that a key factor effecting the prospering or decaying of a society is the role of men. Fitzpatrick says “Monogamous civilizations require men to choose either lifelong celibacy or the responsibilities of a husband: fidelity, breadwinning, and fatherhood. Most men choose to marry, to their good fortune, because married men tend to be healthier, happier, and more productive than bachelors.”
So what is the role of man in society today? It is very confused. The man of fidelity, breadwinning and fatherhood is largely lost and quashed. Man as the leader-provider in families is largely diluted. When this dilution prevails then women become disenfranchised from the role in which they thrive. The woman as supporter, nurturer and carer is supplanted because they are forced into a leader provider role. As a consequence men seek identity in becoming brutes or in being effete. When the man is in his God given role of leading and providing in society then women happily take their position. Alas, when it is not so, it is not good.
All this reminds me of how we need to continue to teach and model these principles in our churches. The call of scripture still stands for men to lead and love and for women to submit and respect. Ephesians 5:22-28
Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Saviour. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
We are not talking about suppression here; we are talking about freedom. We should resist the messages of the world which, whilst not fully androgynizing people into a totally amorphous splodge, do nevertheless neuter the God given callings of men and women. Let our churches shine out differently. Let us have godly leaders among the men of our churches. Let us encourage them, let us disciple them and let us affirm them.