In this episode, we wade into the topic of masculinity. What is masculinity? How are real men supposed to act, and who are they supposed to be? We know toxic masculinity exists, and none of us wants to fall into that category, but millions of men lack a real vision for their lives, so they are left open to all kinds of influences. Because of this confusion, our world is hurting.
Listen for a fresh perspective on godly manhood from Brant Hansen. You may find your heart and life changed!
As culture seems to deconstruct masculinity, the question left unanswered is, what does it mean to be a man? What, if anything, is uniquely masculine? God’s nature is both masculine and feminine, so masculine must refer to something.
We must find that beautiful, positive thing called masculinity.
Real men are keepers of the garden.
We have been given a role to play, just as Adam in the garden was given a role to play. We are still care-takers of the garden. We use whatever we have—skills, talents, temperaments—as we tend our garden.
The keeper of the garden protects it. The keeper of the garden is a cultivator and builder of people.
Real men take responsibility for their own spiritual life.
Emotions can be helpful, but they can also be misleading. Taking responsibility for your spiritual life doesn’t mean becoming more emotional; it’s about becoming more loyal. God is looking for our loyalty.
We are all sinners, but we keep showing up. We fall, but we get back up.
Real men are men of action.
Men may find anger helpful, believing it helps them get things done. However, anger creates a dangerous environment where the people around us can’t feel safe and grow. If we are called to tend to our garden, we must not be a threat to our garden. Anger makes us exactly that.
Anger clouds your judgment. We should be reasonable, taking appropriate action against injustice, driven by love and compassion to do the right thing.
The world needs better men, and the world needs men who step into the hard work of “tending the garden.”
- Book: The Men We Need: God’s Purpose for the Manly Man, the Avid Indoorsman, or Any Man Willing to Show Up.
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/branthansen
- Podcast: Brant & Sherri Oddcast: https://www.christianfm.com/the-brant-hansen-show/
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