Al Mohler is smart. Crazy smart. And despite my poking fun at him with the occasional blog post, I have all the respect in the world in the world for the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Okay, maybe not ALL the respect in the world.
You see, he posted a commentary on a Newsweek cover story that detailed how changing culture and worsening economic prospects are encouraging a re-thinking of the place of men in the world. But despite his towering intellect and insightful worldview, I thought this advertisement for Dockers khakis did a much better job at defining the essence of masculinity. The text is after the image below.
“Once upon a time, men wore the pants, and wore them well. Women rarely had to open doors and little old ladies never crossed the street alone. Men took charge because that’s what they did. But somewhere along the way, the world decided it no longer needed men. Disco by disco, latte by foamy non-fat latte, men were stripped of their khakis and left stranded on the the road between boyhood and androgyny. But today, there are questions our genderless society has no answers for. The world sits idly by as cities crumble, children misbehave and those little old ladies remain on one side of the street. For the first time since bad guys, we need heroes. We need grown-ups. We need men to put down the plastic fork, step away from the salad bar and untie the world from the tracks of complacency. It’s time to get your hands dirty. It’s time to answer the call of manhood. It’s time to wear the pants.” — Docker’s magazine ad
Maybe it’s just because I’m an advertising man, but I think Dockers nailed it with their “man-festo.” They really care about who wears the pants in the family. The khaki pants that is.
All kidding aside, Al Mohler offers a valuable perspective on manhood, and expertly identifies some insights that can benefit Christians even in an article by a secular magazine. Check out his blog post here.
What’s your take on the state of manhood these days?