Something is Missing
by Clarence Boyd on June 5th, 2016

​John Piper and Wayne Grudem write in their book, Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood, the following statement: “I use the word “sense” because to be masculine a man must not only be responsible, but sense or feel that he is. If he does not “sense” or “feel” and “affirm” his responsibility, he is not mature in his masculinity.” The point being made here is that every man must have a sense of his responsibility if he is to represent mature or authentic manhood. In previous generations this sense signified the norm. Grandfathers and fathers in those generations understood that responsibility was a part of being a man.  However, in our current generations there has been a massive move away from this position. In fact, today it seems to be more the norm to take no real responsibility for one’s family regardless of the context. This did not happen overnight, but over time. The reality is that many young men in today’s society think it norm to be irresponsible when it comes to providing for children they have fathered. Many of these youth have had little or no example of what it means to be responsible.  More importantly, it also infers that these young men have no innate sense that responsibility comes with manhood. Something is missing when the nature of a man to father has been so compromised that he still thinks he is a man even though he takes no responsibility for the mother of his children or the children themselves.
 
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