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- Wed Mar 5, 2014
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Author Camille Paglia, a self-described “notorious Amazon feminist,” recently said about today’s gender-bending days “What you’re seeing is how a civilization commits suicide” (referring to the demonization of men by aggressive feminism). She added that today’s generation has “no models of manhood.” It appears that the emotional lava flowing out of the volcanic reaction to broken
male culture in the 60s is turning from bright orange to a hardened and desolate landscape of ash. The gender scenery is shifting again.
Our generation has seen monumental shifts in the roles men and women play. Television shows like “Father Know Best” exemplified a seemingly simpler era when men brought home the bacon for the women to fry it up in a pan. Along the way, a rise in feminism gave women opportunity, while seriously jeopardizing their feminine soul with illusions that they could be better men than actual men. The collateral damage of this gender-bending experiment was that the nation’s family unit has suffered, millions of children being raised without dads, men in retreat, and a titanic void of positive male role models.
When Natalie Grant, an acclaimed Christian recording artist, walked out during the 2014 Grammy Award’s night last month, she was making a loud statement without saying a word. Rather than revel in the moment of her two nominations, she stood up and left the ceremony, which featured a soft core porn performance by a very married, young mother named Beyonce Knowles. It was so sexually aggressive that Jamie Foxx (the presenter who followed her performance) felt compelled to apologize to her husband who was sitting in the front row. He confessed to Jay-Z and the world-wide audience of those watching that he was taken mentally and sexually to places he knew he ought not to have gone as a result of the visual display put forward by the man’s wife. A mass same sex wedding followed officiated by Queen Latifah, Madonna, and Macklemore which functionally erased 5,000 years of how marriage has been defined and cast aside the red letters (Jesus’ own words) of the New Testament on the subject.
- Mon Feb 17, 2014
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Tough times happen. This world isn’t a cozy comforter. It’s more of a wet blanket that wants to wrap around you when you feel lost, defeated, rejected and discouraged. The world provides liquid “spirits,” drugs, fantasy women and images to soothe, but these only drag us down a path of destruction.
The Bible warns us in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble…” So it should be no surprise when we feel like we’ve been sucker punched in the gut with problems. Unfortunately, we are all damaged goods bringing past dirt and hurt to our lives and relationships, which can snowball in our minds and make matters worse.
How do we deal with the dirt and hurt?
Every year, men try to pony up at Valentine’s Day for their spouse, significant other or loved ones with the obligatory purchase of red roses, chocolates, jewelry, a card and perhaps a romantic dinner. Some men dutifully step up. Others go over the top, while others cross their fingers hoping they can do something right. But all men face the pressure of answering the conundrum that has alluded men for centuries, “what does she really want?”
Understanding women can seem like trying to solve a broken Rubik’s cube.
From historical accounts, and what we read from the wisest man’s “Songs of Solomon,” here’s a little love lesson on how to be the “Valentine” your sweetheart desires.
Why do special occasions seem to provide people, even Christians, with a supposed license to sin? We see it in movies, popularizing wedding “hangovers” and among “bridesmaids” and “wedding singers:” Or closer to home, the uncle who drinks too much at family gatherings. It feels like holidays, when boiled down to reality, become nothing more than occasions to indulge for so many.
I’m not prude, and I realize Jesus turned water into wine for wedding guests. But I don’t think he was condoning over-doing it as a form of celebration. Think about it with me, here is a quick list of occasions that our culture has glamorized with not-so special behaviors, giving us a mysterious hall pass from morality: