As an older white guy in the Northwoods, I have a concern for the status of young, white, males in America, especially those who have given their allegiance to King Jesus and His kingdom reign in America. Has the dominant cultural narrative begun to abandon the idea of a man being innocent until proven guilty by due process? Has the #metoo movement gone to far?
Listen to what an army mom and homeschooling mother of four boys had to say: “I cannot accept a world in which my sons will be raised under the tyranny of a lawless, vindictive society that wants to subdue and oppress men in the name of equality for women. It’s time to take a stand. Mammas, we have to fight for our men, because they are in danger… Your father is, your husband is, and your sons are.”
Contrast her comments with those of Georgetown Professor C. Christiane Fair in a recent twit. “All of them [men] deserve miserable deaths while feminists laugh as they take their last gasps. Bonus: we castrate their corpses and feed them to swine? Yes.” Today, notes R. R. Reno, “The rage over sex is perhaps the most powerful in our body politic today.” We are at a crisis point. Are we witnessing an intensification of the “gender wars?”
The Brett Kavanaugh hearings made this all too obvious in our national consciousness. I am deeply concerned. I respect and admire Dr. Christine Blasey Ford for her painful, heartfelt testimony of being sexually assaulted as a teenager. She is 100% sure it was Judge Kavanaugh. But the judge swears before God he is innocent. He has many close friends who agree.
My issue is with the minority party in this particular instance. They seem to be embracing the rage against men for betraying the sexual revolution by making sex dangerous rather than safe. In my opinion they are using Dr. Ford for their own political advantage. In the meantime they are ruining the life of a man who has not been given due process. I am deeply disturbed that as a nation we are an audience to the destroying of the lives of two individuals created in the image of God.
I very much appreciate the reminder given by John Stonestreet, when he was reminded of C.S. Lewis’ sermon, “The Weight of Glory” in which he said: “…It is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all of our dealings with one another – all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry , snub, and exploit….” Stonestreet reminds us, “people are ends; they are never means.” I want to remember this as the Kavanaugh saga continues.
My advice, men. Take your stand in Christ! “Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you” (Gal. 5:1 – Message). Don’t let the dominant narrative, regarding male and female relationships, put you in a box. Don’t let the rage over sex intimidate you, since you have been set free in Jesus. “In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal!” (Gal. 3:28 – Message). Remember, “…Use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows” (Gal. 5:14 – Message).