Man’s Higher Purpose

This article is not intended for women. When I say “you”, I am addressing men individually or collectively; when I say “we”, “us”, or “our”, I am including myself; but in neither case am I addressing or including any woman. I will, undoubtedly, address the other half of this issue at some point in the future, but not today, not in this article.

There is an order to things. Creation exists as and each creature exists within a hierarchy. God is higher than man and man is higher than the animals. Christ is the head of the Church and man is the head of the family.

It is inappropriate for one to rise above one’s station, and it is just as inappropriate for one to sink below one’s duties. It may very well be the case that a considerable percentage of women in our society act inappropriately, perhaps even egregiously so, but this in no way relieves us of our duties. If anything, our proper behavior is all the more necessary given the realities of what we face.

Men are tasked with the protection and the leadership of families, groups, and Nations. The husband is the head of his household, the pastor is the shepherd of his church, and the national leader is the captain of the ship of State. It is only chaos that follows when men abdicate their proper roles.

We must recognize that women are more susceptible to social pressures than are men. Finding oneself in a group of ten where nine agree, a woman will find it far harder, as the tenth, to stand and voice dissent than would a man. We should not fault women for being mediocre men; we would, after all, think it nonsense if they were to fault us for being mediocre women.

This is, in essence, what Feminism has accomplished: It has taken women and transformed them into mediocre men who then attempt to compete with *actual* men. There are, of course, no winners in this competition. We are not naturally inclined to work without a reason or a goal, and the driving force behind the male desire to succeed has, traditionally, been to provide for a wife and children. Feminism strips men of families no less than it does so women.

Now, however, we come to the real issue: Who is to blame? We are, of course. It is always the leader who must shoulder the burden of responsibility. If the family disintegrates, we bear the blame because God placed us at the head of the family. If the Nation disintegrates, we bear the blame because God appointed us as leaders. If the church falters, we bear the blame because God assigned us the roles of pastor and elder.

If an animal misbehaves, the owner may be held responsible for his is the duty to train and to control. If a child misbehaves, the parents may be held responsible for the misdeeds of the child because theirs is the duty to supervise and to control. Not dissimilarly, if women misbehave, it is husbands and fathers who should be held responsible for theirs is the duty to lead and to govern.

Lest some be inclined toward misinterpretation: Whereas the husband is properly lord over his wife, she is neither slave nor servant. The first recorded words spoken by a human being occur in Genesis. The words are poetry in form and they are a spontaneous, joyous declaration by Adam upon first seeing Eve:

[23] Then the man said,

“This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man.”

— Genesis 2:23 (ESV)

These are not the words of a would-be tyrant. These are the words of a man recognizes the nature of the gift he has been given. Too many view positions of power in terms of privileges afforded; this is misguided. To lead is to serve, and to hold a position of leadership is to bear a burden. Ours is a sacred duty, one we dare not shirk.

There will always be errant sheep. It is the duty, *and the privilege*, of the shepherd to retrieve those sheep who go astray. When a sheep is lost, one does not blame the wolves who took her or the sheep for her straying, but rather the shepherd for failing in his duties.

God has given us a treasure of inestimable value. We should protect and cherish her. This does not mean that we should worship her or that we should overlook all misdeeds. Love does not allow the beloved to become a harlot; love entails discipline.

[18] Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

— Genesis 2:18 (ESV)

Men and women are neither enemies nor even competitors. The siren song of Feminism has deluded many, but we cannot allow it to conquer us. Women are happiest as wives and mothers; men are happiest as husbands and fathers. Where a society is properly ordered, the sexes do not *compete*, but rather *complement*.

Our enemies are counting on you to lie down and give up. They know that there are two institutions that must be destroyed if they are to succeed: the family and the church. The most radical, countercultural, and *effective* step that most will ever take is to get married and start a family. There are many good women in this world and they want to be wives and mothers, but they deserve good men. Make sure that you are the kind of man who deserves such a woman.