Let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart... 1 Pet. 3:4

Imperishable Beauty

The woman is the glory of man...
We get Paul’s statement wrong time and time again because of our long history of cultural conditioning, fear mongering, and indoctrination. When women come to this verse (1 Cor. 11:7) they often read this: “…man is the servant of God, and woman is the servant of man.” But lo, this is not what it says. Rather, man is the glory of God, and woman the glory of man. What is glory? It’s the outcome of one’s best efforts and abilities. A man’s duty to the woman is to lavish his absolute best gifts and abilities to bring out the best in her. God’s own example in Ezekiel 16 is a perfect example of this.

In my ten years of research into manhood and what the Scriptures have to say about it, I did not forget to pay attention to what it had to say about women. One thing that stood out is that all instructive counsel and admonishment to women on womanhood was essentially given by men. Not quite like our modern women’s ministry. In one case a man passed on instruction—or an oracle to be exact—which he learned from his mother, the famous Proverbs 31 woman. From Adam to King Lemuel to Jeremiah to Jesus to Paul to Peter however, scriptural instruction was always from a male figure. This is a bone of contention for feminists since they will point to exactly this as a proof that men have always been trying to control women. But closer study shows, overwhelmingly, that the Scriptures don’t oppress the woman, they liberate her. It is the world and its tsunamis of social fashion, consumerism, temptations to wealth and power, idle comforts, and materialism that does the woman grave injustice—leaving her disillusioned, suffering worse than she did when she only thought it, and ultimately buried in ignominy and sadness. Men who don’t care that women are driving themselves into a hole of self-destruction are the real misogynists.  Just as a father who cares not whether his child gets himself into trouble or not hates his child (Prov. 13:24), men who don’t care when women are getting themselves into trouble hate women.

In progress, coming in 2018.