We know in this excessively “woke” age we live in that the Bible is terribly regressive, and of course we Neanderthal’s wouldn’t have it any other way. One thing we know that our overly-educated elite refuse to admit, is that there is a biological, psychological, and emotional difference between males and females, men and women. I know, radical. The thing we have to remember about the woke mob is that they are a tiny minority of the population, with a very lot of cultural power and the biggest megaphones. What they don’t have is reality. When human beings insist on denying reality it will eventually rebound back on them, usually in horrific ways. History makes that obvious. The beautiful thing about the Bible, though, is that is corresponds perfectly with reality because the author is the author of reality!
These thoughts began to waft through my mind recently when I heard our pastor quote I Cor. 16:13 in a sermon. Fortunately, our church uses the ESV, and this is what he read:
Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
As I was contemplating how much I love this verse, I bet myself that the new NIV probably took out the word men, and lo and behold: “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” I don’t like the new NIV. Seeing them butcher a sentence like this in the name of “inclusiveness” makes me despise it. Talk about succumbing to the spirit of the age! Fortunately, I was given my NIV in May 14, 1982 from a Christian mentor of mine when I graduated from college. They were still not as literal back then, but at least they kept “men” in the sentence as it is in the Greek, as in “be men of good courage.” The literal Greek is one word, andrizó-ἀνδρίζομαι, and means properly, “to act as a man,” i.e., as a full-grown, mature man; (figuratively) to be responsible and courageous by taking the initiatives God reveals through faith, and used only here in the New Testament.
There are few things as important in building and maintaining a civilization than fathers teaching their sons to “act like men.” I love how biblical that is, literally. Of course, we don’t need Paul to tell us this is true, but it’s nice to get the word from the author of reality. We know messed up boys very often become messed up men when they either didn’t have fathers present, or their fathers were their own dysfunctional mess. I’m reading a wonderfully Nihilistic book (I know, an oxymoron, but without God the story is as ugly as life without God logically should be) called Fight Club, made into an equally Nihilistic movie, and this sentence captures why Nihilism happens:
What you see at fight club is a generation of men raised by women.
And it isn’t pretty. This is why one of the most important responsibilities I have as a father is to teach my boys to “act like men.” In fact, not being an ESV guy, I never knew that phrase was in my Bible. I wish I had, but nonetheless, I knew that was job 1 as a dad. As they grew up, and still do when they are 19 and 25, I used a variation of that phrase on them all the time. As in, shake like a man, that’s what men do, be a man, man up, that’s only for manly men, and so on. No offense to little girls, my daughter was once one after all, I would say, don’t act like a little girl, or quit whining like a little girl. Go ahead, send me to Fakebook purgatory, who cares. What my sons become is far more important than what a culture that doesn’t know the difference between male and female thinks of me.
We watched a wonderful documentary of Clarence Thomas (no longer available on Amazon because it’s run by communists), and my sons got a kick out of one story he tells. He lived with his grandparents because of his own dysfunctional family, and he decided to go to seminary. His grandfather told him if he goes he has to finish, and if he quits, he can’t come back and live with them. Well, he quit. When he came back under the impression that his grandfather would understand, he was told he wasn’t welcome. He knew the deal. He told his grandfather that he had nowhere to go, and his grandfather said, “You’re a man, you’ll figure it out.” I love it! I use it all the time now, even as they are men. Thomas’ grandfather loved him enough to tell him that he had agency, that he was responsible for his own existence, that there are no excuses, and that life doesn’t take any jokes. If we want to raise boys to become men, we’ll do the same.