I have discovered masculism, or masculinism, and must say that I find it abhorrent! It isn’t that nothing masculists say is true, nor that women are perfect, nor that feminists get it right, but that masculinism gives in to the greatest sin of men–passing the blame. Here is a list of the biggest problems I have with masculinism. (this post was written partially in response to this blog)
5. Masculinism gives in to Adam’s sin. It has been clear since the Garden that men love to pass off the blame for their wrong doing. What I keep reading over and over again by secular and Christians alike on this topic is “men are not perfect, but…” But what? When Adam tries to defend himself in the Garden his tactic is not to say he did nothing wrong, it is to shift the blame for what he did to his wife. This is so common that it is often ignored. The whole point of masculinism is to tell people to stop blaming men. The fact is, men are not guilty of singlehandedly destroying our culture, but the are culpable because its their job to stop the destruction of our culture.
4. Masculinism often claims it wants “equality”. What they really mean is sameness. The same penalties, roles, rights, etc. for men and women. The fact is though, Christians can’t want that and follow Scripture which clearly states that men and women are different. Eph. 5, Col. 3, Titus 2, 1 Pet. 3.
3. Masculinism lacks challenge. Men should be always challenging themselves to be greater examples of Christ’s love. If Christ “made Himself nothing” and wants us to “look not only to our own interests, but also the interests of others” because we “consider others better than ourselves”, then the goal should be to always look first and foremost at our own sin, and as men to lead by example. I am sure that if there were perfect men out there, there would be perfect women lining up to marry them.
2. Masculinism denies the facts. Masculinism wants to say that women are just as guilty as men for social and criminal wrongs. Statistics can be misleading, but there are significantly more women in church than men. Most sexual and violent crimes are committed by men. More men commit adultery than women. There are more absentee fathers than there are absentee mothers. And the sad facts go on. Men have been irresponsible. I am not defending women–that’s a different post–but I am berating men for their clear neglect of moral and religious devotion.
1. Masculinism has nothing masculine about it. Masculinity is defined in Scripture as the near opposite of everything masculinism stands for. Scripture says give up your desires and serve God’s purpose, give up your pride and serve humbly, give up your rights and follow the will of God. Do this, and you shall be free in Christ’s version of manhood. The manhood of Christ is defined not by self-preservation, but sacrifice. For every man sacrifice is the key to triumph.