In the quest for Biblical manhood (and womanhood for that matter), we must realize that there are attacks coming from many sides that seek to destroy what God has designed and what God desires. One of those attacks that is slowly, but steadily, making progress within greater Christianity is the attack against Biblical distinctions between men and women.
Gender distinction is a foundational Biblical truth. God created Adam from the dust of the ground; He built Eve out of a rib from Adam. The two were distinctly different in appearance, in anatomy, and aim. Sexuality differences between the two were obvious. God created Man and Woman to fit together in a unique way that is beautiful, harmonious, and pleasing. This has not changed in God’s design.
However, as time has progressed from Eden, the distinctions between genders has been attacked by Satan. Gender distinction is a beautiful thing, but Satan seeks to destroy that which is beautiful, and replace it with that which is ugly. As he does this, he deceives people into believing that what is beautiful is in fact ugly, and what is ugly is indeed beautiful. The primary ways he has sought to do this is through the blurring of sexuality. Homosexuality, lesbianism, bestiality, transgenderism, gender confusion, asexuality, or other deviations, all are intended to tear down the beautiful gender distinctions which God has innately built into mankind.
In the 21st century, we see these attacks in full force. Accompanying these attacks is also a secondary attack on the ideals of Biblical masculinity and Biblical femininity. Those notions are in fact disappearing from the landscape of western culture in general and American Christianity specifically. In their places are caricatures of what masculinity and femininity should be. Our men are taught by our lost culture that masculinity involves power, multiple sexual liaisons, and abs of steel. Our women are taught that femininity involves independence, a sexually provocative appearance, and naughty behavior. These are not just things that unbelievers think; our men, women, sons, and daughters within the church are believing these things as well.
Biblical distinctions between manhood and womanhood are true, good, and beautiful. True because they are in keeping with God’s assessment of manhood and womanhood; good because they foster true virtue; beautiful because they conform to God’s creative design. As Christians we do not have the right to change, blur, or do away with these distinctions. Christian men must not swallow the lies of the world, nor should Christian women.
Christian moms and dads must also seek to cultivate a Biblical model of manhood and womanhood before their children, and guard their children against the attacks against Biblical manhood and womanhood. Men, we must train our sons to cultivate the true virtues of manhood. Women, you must train your daughters to cultivate the true virtues of womanhood. If you want your children to marry virtuous people, you must train them to be virtuous people themselves and therefore be attractive to those who are virtuous.
As Christians, we must not allow Biblical distinctions to die, but preserve them in the ways that truly give God honor and glory.