Anthony W. Brooks
It’s difficult to say where our culture is taking us, but one thing is for certain. Masculinity is being attacked and replaced by femininity and called masculinity. The church has fallen into this trap and it is causing the church to be without real men who teach young men to become grown men (Titus 2:6-8).
The culture has made femininity a virtue for men to receive and practice gladly. The problem here is that the type of femininity practiced isn’t even real femininity, but that of feminism. First, second, and third wave feminism is poisonous to true biblical masculinity and should be called out as such. There is too much to say in a short blog post about slaying dragons to draw this out further so I’ll leave that where it is.
Slaying A Dragon
We need dragon slayers. By that I mean that we need men who put on the whole armor of God to go to war in the culture (Eph 6:10-18). As Christians we are to fight against the sin that is destroying our current culture and is being lifted up as a virtue by it. Remember that the serpent in the garden in Genesis 3 is a dragon in Revelation 12. So if Satan is a dragon then we need dragon slayers. It is not enough to raise our sons to become fathers who take their children to church. We have to give them the black arrows that can pierce the dragon’s armor. This arrow is the word of God. On this point it is time for Faramir, Captain of Gondor, to show his quality.
The Value of Scripture
Scripture is sharp. “12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” -Hebrews 4:12
This means that it is the perfect weapon to slay a dragon. It is much easier to raise a child to slay dragons than to teach such skills to an old man. That is why we need to start young. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”- Proverbs 22:6. The modern evangelical mindset is “my kids are good because I took them to church…” and “their youth leader helps me when I’m having issues with them.” But from personal experience this does not keep your children from sin. There are 168 hours in a week and only 2-3 are spent in church hearing the word of God, so what are they hearing the other 165? This is the job of the parents.
Boys don’t fight dragons unless they are trained to fight them. If they walk into the mountain and wake a dragon without their armor then they will be roasted. It is the parents responsibility to give them that armor so that young boys become young men and young men can become dragon slayers.
Soli Deo Gloria!