By now you’ve probably watched the video that Gillette put out, the one some have praised, while others (most men) have condemned for being anti-masculine.
To be honest – and I’m a very conservative kind of guy – I can see both the pros and the cons. However, I’m more than a little tired of the way it’s taking women to define what a man should be, at least in the world’s eyes.
Evidently, man can monitor themselves; it takes a strong woman.
In case you’ve not seen it, here’s a link (I’ll just attach the response from Ben Shapiro in National Review which contains the the commercial in the story).
Joshua and Jesus
There has been a lot of response to the Gillette commercial – most of it, at least from men, is negative.
But what bothers me about the commercial is the whole premise that masculinity is toxic. The APA (American Psychological Association) even recently released their opinion that “traditional masculinity” is harmful to boys.
Well, when it comes to masculinity, I prefer to get my guidelines from the Bible, and a few particular verses immediately come to mind.
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. – Joshua 24:15
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men [be brave, courageous], be strong. Let all your things be done with charity [love]. – 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising [disregarding] the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:2 KJV
“etc., etc., etc….”
Long before the #metoo movement there were men, real men, who treated women with respect (as God designed), watched out for his fellow man (and woman), protected, provided, and prayed.
Maybe if we could go back to taking our cues from godly men and fathers instead of Hollywood actors, recording industry playboys, thuggish professional athletes, and pajama-wearing couch warmers we’d raise a new generation of leaders instead of abusers and whiners.
If we could be more like Jesus, that’s the best a man can get.
4 responses to “The Best a Man Can Get”
I completely agree!
I appreciate that you see the pros and cons. I’m surprised at the backlash, but I think that comes from the extent men have been given the impression that masculinity is toxic. I don’t think that’s the intended message. Instead, what I took away was that some behaviors that men are often taught are problematic and we do need better role models to step up and show what healthy manliness looks like.
Jesus as the example? 100% agree. (I know, shocking.)