by Clarence Boyd on February 18th, 2017

In Genesis 2:15 the Bible reveals: “The Lord took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” At this time the man was the only one physically in the garden.  There was no other human being there with him.  He was alone with his Creator. It was at this time that God gave him instructions that would forever portray his commitment to the Word of the Lord. God put Adam in a place uniquely prepared for him. His responsibility was clear—he was to work the garden and to take care of it. The KJV interprets his responsibility this way: “he was to dress it and keep it.” The Amplified Bible reads: “he was to tend and guard and keep it.” Regardless of the interpretation, it is clear that the man was responsible for the garden and everything in it.
 
It must be noted that the woman was not yet in the garden physically, but she was in the man. It is evident that the time would come when the woman would join the man in the garden. However, until that time came it was imperative that the man learned his lessons well.  He must master tending the garden. This work means to pay attention and to apply oneself.  He was also responsible to guard the garden. The word guard implies that someone is responsible to carefully be on watch for possible danger, threats, or problems. A further meaning involves a person whose job or duty is to watch and protect someone or something. Thus we conclude that Adam was responsible to keep the garden as God had created it. The man knew the Lord’s expectations because he received them directly.
 
Every man must realize this responsibility while understanding the value of this lesson. God had entrusted to man His creation. He was to manage it, but never alone. It was the original intent of the Creator that both the man and the woman would oversee this responsibility together. However, this would require that the woman understand the commands of the Lord in the same way the man did.  Adam’s responsibility was to communicate more than just words spoken to him, he was to represent the leadership of the one who had spoken to him. Hindsight reveals that Adam shared the words, but did not maintain the order. His greatest challenge was the woman and the failure took place on his watch.  Men must realize that the mandate to work and take care of the garden is still his greatest priority.  May men today take to heart their duty to watch and protect their wives and children so that the mistake is not repeated on their watch.

by Clarence Boyd on January 17th, 2017

It is always this time of the year that we think of change. This is especially true during the change from one year to the next. As men, this represents another opportunity to make a greater difference in our own lives, in the lives of our families, and the future of our children. No one wants another year to pass by without any significant change. This is not only the cry of every man, but also the prayer of every wife and the hope of every child. They need there to be a change in the men in their lives. They are acutely aware that circumstances have little or no potential to change without covering in their lives.
 
Every man has the opportunity to be a better father or husband depending on his situation. Regardless of the particulars, there is room for change and the need for improvement. No man can afford to be comfortable with his present situation or take for granted his current experience. Each man should approach this New Year as an opportunity to become better, to do more, and to go further. There is a child who is depending on a man to show up as a father while there is a wife expecting her husband to come through. They desperately need to realize this change now as opposed to later.
 
Nothing rarely changes by itself nor is much accomplished alone. In this New Year let us not only pray, but also encourage the men in our experiences to become the change that is so desperately needed. In this New Year we can all safely assume that something needs to change. As men, may our focus be on what we need to do to make the change needed a reality. This will only happen when we focus on the changes that we need to make as men and not continue to blame others for the lack of change that we desire. This is not only what true leadership looks like, but also what it requires. Let that “something that needs to be changed” in this New Year be the men who are so needed by those who love and depend on them!

by Clarence Boyd on December 11th, 2016

The season of Christmas magnifies the truth that men are supposed to provide covering. Covering is not just a responsibility, but also a calling. Be reminded that everything God created was intended to be covered. The Lord, Himself, exemplifies this calling by taking the responsibility to cover everything He created. It is a fact that God takes care of all of His creation. Nothing is overlooked or missed when it comes to the sustaining power of the Creator. God takes care of every flower, all the birds of the air, and every human being.  God has proven His faithfulness to all by taking care of both “the just and the unjust.” 
 
Jesus, like His Father, serves as the original example of covering. No one could cover all that the Father created but Jesus. Only God could cover the sins of all mankind. It was for this very purpose that Jesus came into the world. No one could shed his or her blood for the forgiveness of sins other than Jesus. In short, Jesus covered all of mankind by sharing man’s humanity, by being subjected to the temptation of the flesh, and ultimately by dying to pay the price for mankind’s redemption. In this Christmas season we are reminded of the Father’s great love and the Son’s unbelievable sacrifice. All of this was done with covering as the motive. All of this was initiated by the Creator on behalf of the created.
 
Every man, every father, is encouraged to follow God’s example when it comes to covering.  Like God, every man is not only responsible to cover those he has fathered, but also to take care of the woman who is the mother of his children. This was always meant to be more than a responsibility. It remains a divine calling! Covering is a cornerstone of manhood. The absence of the covering of fathers has proven to cause unimaginable consequences for both women and children. In this season of Christmas may every man and every father be convicted of his responsibility to provide covering and become the gift so desperately needed by mothers and families. If men would fulfill their calling to provide covering this would truly become a Very Merry Christmas! Men, join us in declaring this truth and in sharpening each other to become an original example of covering.

by Clarence Boyd on November 22nd, 2016

“In an age where more and more fathers are absent in the home, how important is the covering of a father? The role of fatherhood is changing so fast and being redefined so quickly that most people are not even aware of the changes. The average home today is perceived as a single-parent home, usually led by the mother. In fact, the general rule in the home is to prepare daughters for independence. This does not mean that she may not marry, but that she should not be solely dependent on any man.” (Endangered Masculinity, page 22)
 
Let it be said up front that regardless of the circumstances, God has not changed His mind.  Everything created by God was meant to be covered.  This still means that men were created to cover their wives and children. It is understood that this does not seem to be the case in light of research and reality today.  However, just because something has suffered setbacks does not mean that it is totally lost.  Although it is a fact that the many men are absent from their homes, it does not mean that men cannot be redeemed. The Word of God declares that it is the plan of God “to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.” (Mal. 4:6)
 
The question must be raised: “Do you feel that our land, our communities, even our nation is suffering under the curse that is the result of the absence of fathers in the home? Put another way, is the absence of covering contributing to the growing challenges related to the male man and the increasing confusion surrounding the whole concept of manhood in general? This question must be addressed by both fathers and sons, grandfathers and grandsons, by every man who is concerned about the fact that masculinity is under attack.  Will you join this discussion and help us find answers to this dilemma? Your input is valuable, but your joining the battle to preserve authentic manhood is imperative.  We look forward to your involvement and appreciate your input.

by Clarence Boyd on October 16th, 2016

​The assumption is that “everything God created was created to be covered!” David confirmed this assumption when he wrote: “Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” (Psalm 91:3, 4) The Father, Himself, provides covering for those who put their trust in Him. Over and over again the Lord proclaims that He is committed to providing covering for mankind.  We also know that God has always wanted His presence represented in the earth. God created the male-man with His hands and gave him the responsibility for guarding and taking care of the Garden of Eden.

Let it be understood that God gave dominion to both the woman and the man.  However, it is clear that at the time Adam was placed in the garden he was physically alone.  He was directed to provide covering for the garden and to maintain the order that had been established in it. This responsibility was preparation for the future when Adam would be challenged to provide covering for Eve while communicating to her what the Father had communicated to him.

Covering is critical and provides men the opportunity to represent God’s presence in the earth. When men are taught that they are the foundation of the home and the family, they must understand that this means to cover those who have been placed under their care. Sons must be taught that they will be responsible to lead their families and to make sure that the spirit of their homes reflects the heart and mind of their Creator.

Thus the question: “Are men supposed to provide covering?” I invite you to share your response to this question and know that your input will help other men to think about this in light of their own families and homes. We anticipate hearing from you and thank you in advance for your input.

by Clarence Boyd on September 19th, 2016

​There are some things that every man should know! One revelation is recorded in Gen. 3:6, 7 “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.” It must be discerned that when the woman ate of the forbidden fruit nothing happened. However, as soon as the man ate of the same fruit, everything changed. The revelation for every man is that whatever you do; whatever decision you make has the potential of changing everything. This is why men need to know where they are and its impact upon everything that are associated to. This is also the reason why every man should know that he is accountable to God not only for his decision, but for those he shares the decision with. Adam was responsible for his wife with the expectation that he was to lead as opposed to being led. This is not meant to mean that women are not leaders, but rather that they are not to alter the response of a man to themselves as opposed to his responding to God. For the first time Adam followed the voice of his wife as his source as opposed to God.  This became the very foundation of The Lord for pronouncing a curse upon the man. “To Adam He said, because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, You must not eat of it” (Gen. 3:17). May every man consider seriously this awesome responsibility and not take for granted his accountability for whatever response he makes?
 
We would appreciate you sharing with us your response to this blog. Your response may help someone else.

by Clarence Boyd on August 17th, 2016

​The word, accountability, is defined as “the quality or state of being accountable. It is the obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.”

From this definition one may deduce that there can be no accountability apart from responsibility. In other words, one can only be held accountable for what one is responsible for.  Therefore, the question God asked was directed at the one who was responsible.  “But the Lord God called the man, Where are you?” (Gen. 3:9) God called out to Adam because he, alone, was responsible.  It was the man that God had made with His own hands and placed in the Garden of Eden. It was the man that God commanded to work the land and take care of it. It was the man that the Father shared the limitations of mankind with. Adam was told not to each of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Finally, it was the man who was responsible to maintain order in the garden. This is the rationale for why God called to the man! This question is more relevant today than ever before.

Every man must realize that his responsibility goes well beyond himself. In every man there is a wife and a family and he will be held accountable for how he takes care of them or fails to. God will again call to each man and each man will have to give an account of this great responsibility. God will surely do His part. The greater challenge is whether each and every man will do his part.
 
We would appreciate hearing from you as to whether this brief note encourages you!

by Clarence Boyd on July 8th, 2016

​No man should be unaware of this eternal question from God to the man, Adam: “Where are you?” (Gen. 3:9) This question was directed to the man alone. I don’t think this question was asked again by God of anyone else. This question represents a unique relationship between God and the male-man. It speaks to a deeper realization of intimacy that can only be realized by the man. God had not shared with any other human being what He shared with the man. In fact, this is true because every other human being was in the man. No one else was responsible like the male-man and no one else will be held accountable like the man. Every man must wrestle with this question because each man will be asked this question by God. Every man will have to answer to God for that which he was created to cover. Like Adam, each man will answer in the singular even though he is representing more than himself. I encourage you to take a moment and ponder this revelation because it is more than just information. It reveals a part of who you were created to be and signifies something greater that you were born to become. Everything that God created was created to be covered! The question today is not only “where are you,” but also “where are those you are responsible for?”
 
May each of you become the king you were born to be and provide the covering that was and will always be the responsibility of kings.

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.
 
How can mature fathers help turn this situation around?  Please feel free to share your thoughts with us at Endangered Masculinity. 

by Clarence Boyd on May 17th, 2016

​Let us begin again with the revelation “that everything God created was meant to be covered.” In other words, someone must be responsible for that which God has created. This reality often-time becomes particular depending on the context. When it comes to the male-man this responsibility is not only important, but also imperative. God created the man and gave to him the awesome responsibility of covering his wife and his family.  Covering is more than a responsibility, it is also a mentality. The man must inherently know this is his responsibility and also be committed to fulfilling it. This can only happen by example, mentoring, and discipleship. The challenge today is that men are suffering from the loss of all three.  We are witnessing an entire generation of boys who are growing up without a father or a man in their lives. If there are no men in the lives of boys they struggle to follow godly examples, sit under spiritual fathers, and be taught and held accountable for their manhood. The consequence of this absence is monumental. Every man must be taught what it means to be responsible to cover someone else. More importantly, every boy must have a godly example to follow. This is absolutely required because some lessons in life are better caught than taught!
 
I encourage you to think seriously about this simple message and commit to make a difference in the lives of those men you know and love.