My blogging friend, Jamie Arpin-Ricci posted a thought-provoking, indeed well worth considering, and I think helpful post: “What A Godly Man Looks Like”.
Of course true masculinity is defined through what one believes to be the ideal of life. As followers of Jesus we need to look not only to the Creator–who in the beginning created male and female in his image–but also in terms of the one who perfectly exemplified how that image is to be lived out, albeit as one who is male.
True masculinity, and for that matter true femininity is only understood with reference to the One who created this in the first place. Somehow seen in the image of that One. And worked out in Christ, and in what that means today as the Body of Christ, indeed the very Bride of Christ.
True masculinity by the Spirit does not shirk to follow in the way of Jesus. This means not resisting evil in the way the world does.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.”
Jesus to his followers
We do well to critique the cultural norms by which we tend to define what is true, real and ideal. We must instead see all in the light of God’s revelation in Jesus. And by God’s grace in Jesus seek to work that out in our own lives, our relationships, and in our work in this world.