Hurricane Harvey has been a very sad event to experience from up here in the Northwoods. It is hard to comprehend the suffering the people in southeast Texas have been enduring. I have watched with tears in my eyes, as brave men from all walks of life rescued thousands of people from dangerous flood waters. In some cases men have risked their lives. Yes, there have been women as well, but the majority have been men. One of my favorite groups was ” the Cajun Navy.” As one man said so matter-of-factly, “I’m gonna try to save some lives.” I was deeply moved to hear the heart felt gratitude of whole families being rescued from the rising water.
It takes a humanitarian crisis for a tone deaf culture to realize how distorted the false narrative of the extreme feminist movement has become. It has gained prominence partly through the dominant media spreading the distortion idea of toxic masculinity. One woman tweeted in response to the photo of SWAT officer Daryl Hudeck: “It’s not that women aren’t brave. They are. But this is just what men do. Great, gloriously toxic men. Love them to death.” Another woman tweeted, “A man, behaving as a man. Thank goodness for men like him.”
What we have witnessed in so many of those dramatic pictures is the true chivalric nature of masculinity. These were ordinary men acting upon their innate sense of responsibility to be protectors. They courageously responded in the face of real danger, helping to dispel the “toxic masculine” narrative. “Seemingly over night,” wrote Mark Tapson, “our culture has unquestionably embraced the term “toxic masculinity. Male nature itself is the problem, we are told, and the solution is the deconstruction of our understanding of what it means to be a man.” But the photos and news reports coming out of the devastation in Texas by Hurricane Harvey are putting to rest this subversive idea.
Men, when you begin to feel intimidated by the persuasive voices of radical feminism, along with men who accept their narrative, remember those brave “toxic” men that are now being praised for their heroic rescue efforts. Rise up with inner strength and courage and allow your protective “juices” to flow. Do what honorable men have always done. Take responsibility for the care of your family and work for the good of those who are less fortunate in your community. Live out of your God-given masculine soul.
Remember Peter’s words about the wife being weaker. “In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so our prayers will not be hindered” (I Peter 3:7 NLT) A footnote in the NLT study bible states: “Peter was probably thinking of the woman’s physical strength and perhaps her social status. Since women are typically physically weaker than men and were often less able to assert themselves in that society, husbands had the duty of protecting and caring for his wife.”
My bride is an equal partner, but she does not have the same physical strength. But she is strong spiritually, continuing to be a “challenge” spiritual with her consistent walk with the lord. God has called me to be her protector, both physically and spiritually. I take seriously the warning of our prayer being hindered if I am not being responsible for being protector. Men, stand up in the strength of the Lord and fight for your family.