We live in a poisoned world. There is bitterness and strife. Our leaders lie to us, as their policies impede prosperity, and the skilled working class and managerial classes are being removed from the middle class leaving merely upper management and professionals.
This should be driving us to repentance, reformation of our society, and charity towards each other, particularly in the church.
15I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason 16I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
Paul prays for wisdom. But our society tells wisdom to take a hike. Suzanne Venker, whom I am quoting here, has received a lot of criticism for merely reporting what is going on.
I’ve spoken with hundreds, if not thousands, of men and women. And in doing so, I’ve accidentally stumbled upon a subculture of men who’ve told me, in no uncertain terms, that they’re never getting married. When I ask them why, the answer is always the same.
Women aren’t women anymore.
To say gender relations have changed dramatically is an understatement. Ever since the sexual revolution, there has been a profound overhaul in the way men and women interact. Men haven’t changed much – they had no revolution that demanded it – but women have changed dramatically.
In a nutshell, women are angry. They’re also defensive, though often unknowingly. That’s because they’ve been raised to think of men as the enemy. Armed with this new attitude, women pushed men off their pedestal (women had their own pedestal, but feminists convinced them otherwise) and climbed up to take what they were taught to believe was rightfully theirs.
Now the men have nowhere to go.
It is precisely this dynamic – women good/men bad – that has destroyed the relationship between the sexes. Yet somehow, men are still to blame when love goes awry. Heck, men have been to blame since feminists first took to the streets in the 1970s.
Cause, meet effect. Modern women are the cause and men are choosing not to marry, the effect. Mind you, its not just women as women in the traditional sense, but “modern women”, who by my own observations probably count for 9 out of 10 women I come across. This is probably a good time to clarify how I see the difference between a “modern woman” and a feminist (as I realize it can be confusing). Broadly speaking, there is no difference. Technically, there is. Fewer and fewer women are identifying with feminism as it has become a loaded term, but that does not mean they are free from feminist ideas or have not been molded by a feminist driven culture; therefore, I find the term “modern women” as more inclusive to include any woman who is motivated by wordliness, trends, pop culture, opinions of the sisterhood, etc. If I strictly referred to ‘feminists’ when writing, it would miss the largest, most important, and even dangerous segment of women–those who are feminists, but don’t realize it.
The spirits of women haven’t changed and neither have the spirits of men.Women have traded self-constraint for self-destruction. Men learn very early about the darker side of their nature, it’s what keeps a disciplined man free.Women refuse to face their nature. Women are not innately kind, nurturing or loving; that takes discipline and choosing.Men are not innately chivalrous, protective or physically restrained; that takes discipline and choosing.Men know themselves if they don’t want to be slaves to a tyrannical nature.Women have chosen slavery and they’re silently destroying themselves from the inside out.Women pretending they’re betraying their true nature when they’re actually just giving in to it won’t bode well for them in the long run.
The End Of Women began when they least expected it. The day that men stopped giving a shit.
Are you confused about what you seek? You cannot serve two masters. If there is more than one thing that you seek, then the one that exerts the most influence upon your life, that orders and constrains it the most, will be the one that is most base, the one that is less good, the one that is most ignoble. The search for the base good sabotages the search for the noble, because, being basic, the base is easier to attain. It is easier to take a step on level ground, or a fortiori to descend, than it is to climb. There is nothing wrong with this state of affairs; indeed, it is merely logical, so that things could not be otherwise. You can’t raise your eyes to the stars if starvation glues your eyes to the horizon, and you cannot undertake to climb a mountain if you are vicious from hunger – unless, that is, the only nourishing food is to be found on the tree that stands in the cloister of the garden at the top of the mountain.
You can’t serve two masters, and in fact you don’t. If you feel confused about which master you seek, that is only because such confusion is a by-product of your slavery to some creaturely idol or other. In such a case, you may want to serve the Good, but find yourself obsessed by, and controlled by, something else. You will find yourself then doing the things you ought not to do, and leaving undone the things you ought to do; you will find that there is, then, no health in you, for want of proper nourishment. Our depravation is due to our deprivation.