Posts tagged: brothers
Several months ago, a dear friend, a brother announced to me he was going on a date. I was able to be excited. Nay, excited is not strong enough a word - I was stoked.
Tonight, another brother went on another date. I am stoked again.
Six plus months later and this is my barometer for healing. God is faithful. Healing has come. God redeems. He reached down and gave me what my soul needed.
I am grateful.
I’m stoked for my brothers from other mothers.
I found this video on Yahoo. Anything that deals with masculinity and how it is played out in culture fascinates me and I am drawn to it. This is a story of a 6th grader who was beat up and bullied for being a male cheerleader.
Before we get into this though, let me point this one cultural observation out. His mother is there with him in the interview, but you never once hear the boys father mentioned. That my friends, my fellow men, is a travesty. I love that his mother is standing up for him, but where is a man to teach him what it means to be a man (please withhold judgement on me until you read the rest…)?
Regardless of what your stance on whether a man should be a cheerleader or not - let me ask you these questions:
Masculinity is a complex and difficult thing. Men, we as fathers, brothers, friends, mentors, etc., get to model Biblical masculinity.
Let me ask you, what does that mean?
Biblical masculinity means being like Jesus because He was and is the only perfect man. That means, that He alone was truly masculine. Let me tell you, Jesus was tough, strong and masculine. But he was also emotional (properly), he wept, cried and grieve. Jesus had righteous anger. Jesus had perfect love. Jesus had perfect sacrifice. Jesus was a perfect leader. Jesus was a perfect provider. Jesus had a perfect relationship with His father. Simply put, biblical masculinity means being like Jesus. Jesus had perfect love, so we should love our sons regardless of what interests they have and support them in it.
After all, Jesus loved us even before we got cleaned up and came to Him. So, if Jesus can forgive our sins can’t we love how our son may have a unique appeal to cheer-leading?