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.

by Clarence Boyd on April 12th, 2016

​It is evident today that we are witnessing generations of individuals who have not been covered. The epidemic of the absentee father has resulted in many youth in this generation suffering the ramifications of being neglected and abandoned, or not even knowing who their covering was.  Too many of our children today don’t know their birth-father or have never met him. The attack upon the family is another glaring example of the lack of covering.  For example, we are reminded that when the head of the home is missing, the family is exposed to physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering.  All of this is simply the result of the absence of covering. Sons will never grow up with a conviction that they were born to cover without an example. In addition, they must be taught the importance of this great responsibility that is theirs as men. Without covering, no one or anything is protected. God created the man to cover his family. This remains the will of God for men, but these principles must be passed down from one generation to another. The challenge we face today is that we must reverse the reality of one generation knowing little or nothing about the responsibility of covering and the succeeding generation suffering as a result of it.
 
I implore you as men, fathers, even as sons to take seriously this divine responsibility which is part of your purpose as a man. You may not have had an example; you may not have been covered yourself, but don’t let that reality keep you from becoming the man you were born to be.  If this does not motivate you as a man, may it motivate you as a father!

by Clarence Boyd on March 10th, 2016

​Psalm 91:4 reveals the promise of God to those who put their trust in Him. “He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” In this verse we are introduced to a spiritual principle: “Everything God created was created to be covered.” This is important because covering is necessary to prevent us from being exposed to the schemes of the enemy.  One of the greatest responsibilities a man has is to provide spiritual covering for his wife and family. This means that he is responsible to see that they are protected from the influence of the enemy that would lead them astray. The need for covering is best exemplified in the parable of the prodigal son. He was consumed with the need to receive what was his and go out on his own.  The literal meaning can be summarized as his departure from the covering of his father. Whether he realized it or not he was protected as long as he was under his father’s covering.  The story reveals that a lack of covering brought him to the point where he had to come to himself. In short, he returned to his father’s house and to his father’s covering. 
 
I exhort you to be men who provide covering for those in your life that look to you for guidance and protection. May the Lord bless you to stand in your rightful place and fulfill your ordained purpose.  

by Clarence Boyd on February 10th, 2016

Dr. Myles Munroe, in his book: “In Pursuit of Purpose”, states that “purpose is the only source of individual and/or corporate fulfillment.”

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines fulfillment as:
a) the act or process of fulfilling, or
b) the act or process of delivering a product.

The root word for fulfillment is—fulfill. This word simply means:
a) to do what is required by something,
b) to succeed in doing or providing something, and
c) to succeed in achieving something. 

When applied to manhood, a number of questions must be asked:
Are men really doing what is required of them?
Are men providing what is expected of them?
Are men achieving in exemplifying what it means to be a man, a husband, or a father? 

Dr. Munroe goes on to share “that purpose always represents the original intent for something.” This infers that a man must know what was in the heart of his Creator for his existence if he is to understand why he is on this earth.  It is evident that over time man has lost sight of his original purpose. Fathers have failed to impart to their sons the revelation of manhood from a biblical perspective.  This is necessary because the original purpose for the man is found in the Bible. No man can find inner meaning or achieve fulfillment without an understanding of purpose applied to his own life.
 
As we begin this year, I challenge each of you, as men, to pursue your purpose. But more importantly, I admonish you to pursue your purpose in light of God’s original intent for all men!

by Clarence Boyd on January 10th, 2016

​Every human being was born to lead. God gave dominion to the first man, Adam, and his helpmeet, Eve. They were the only thing God created in His own image and in His own likeness. Adam and Eve shared the responsibility of maintaining the order of God in the earth. They represented His influence in the earth. In other words, God did not hold any other created thing accountable for order in the earth other than the man and the woman.
 
“Leadership is a designated position that encompasses purpose.” (Page 4)  Leadership is absolutely necessary because without it there would be total and complete confusion. Leadership is needed if order is to be maintained. Regardless of the context, leadership is required. Therefore, a leader must be found. From the beginning God created the male-man and gave him the responsibility to lead. The man was responsible first to God and then to his wife and family.  If the man is to be successful in leading, he must have an example.
 
We understand that Jesus is the ultimate example of leadership for all mankind, but especially for men. Can a man represent authentic leadership without an example?  Thus the question: Who taught you about manhood? And what did he (or whoever had this kind of influence in your life) teach you? 

Share your response and be a blessing to other men who may not have had an example of manhood in their experience! We look forward to hearing from you.