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The Hollywood Guy

By: Bethany Baird

Hollywood has been cramming lies down our throats for a long time. It’s time we stood up and said, “no more!” I am personally sick of the self-centered, sex-crazy, girl obsessed guys that Hollywood offers me. I often wonder why we as young women are accepting this low standard of masculinity. Is there anything else out there besides the Hollywood male?

Do mighty warriors and honorable gentleman still exist?

In the very beginning God created Adam to work in the garden. He tended the garden and animals by providing for the basic needs of his home. God then gave him a beautiful woman to be his helper. He was to love, cherish, lead and protect her as his most valued creature that God had given him.

“Then the Lord God said, ‘it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.’…But for the man there was not found a helper fit for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man” (Genesis 2:18, 20-22).

 Selfishness and pride became rampant and the macho, sex-crazed males started running wild.

Before sin entered the world, man was created to tend the garden, take care of the animals, love and take care of his wife, and live in fellowship with God. The woman was created to help the man serve God. Eve was designed to help Adam fulfill his responsibilities. She was there to love and nurture him. After sin entered the world things changed dramatically. Selfishness and pride became rampant and the macho, sex-crazed males started running wild. Women rebelled against God’s design as a helper and starting fighting against the man instead of working with him. Fortunately, God gave us some more advice on how to relate to one another in a sinful world.

“For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, His body, and is himself it’s savior…Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:23-25).

The typical Hollywood guy is: Self focused, pleasure seeking, crude, wimpy, irresponsible, lust driven, immature, and vain.

God’s guy chooses to be: Pure, noble, honorable, trustworthy, moral, generous, reliable, dependable, chaste, a protector, a provider, a leader, and selfless.

The world tells us that if we follow the biblical design for male and female relationships, we will be trampled on by men. Not true!

In comparison to the typical Hollywood guy, a biblical man is sounding a whole lot better to me. If a guy chooses to follow God’s design for how a man should live, he will treat women with respect, honor, dignity and purity. He won’t trample on you, but love and cherish you, as Christ loves the church. God is the original creator and designer of men – He would know best as to what the male’s position should be. God’s didn’t design men to trample on women. That is the sin nature coming out of men who don’t follow God. God’s desire is that all men honor Him and strive to protect the safety and honor of a woman, even to the point of death.

Jesus was the perfect man who displayed all of those wonderful characteristics. Although no man can reach perfection until heaven, we are still commanded to pursue this standard.

“So that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe” (Philippians 2:15).

When you compare God’s man to Hollywood’s man, he really does shine like a star in a crooked and depraved generation.

There are definitely young men out in the world today who see God’s original design in Genesis and realize that they are to be an imitator of Christ. They have that vision and are actively pursuing a pure and holy lifestyle.

I personally know several young men striving after that vision to be pure, honorable, trustworthy, etc. There are young men scattered around the country who have tried Hollywood’s formula for macho maleness and have fallen flat on their faces. They finally realize that happiness lies in Jesus and true masculinity is a man willing to fight for the truth of God’s Word. A godly man is a fighter for truth. Not a fighter for girls and sex but a fighter for purity and honor. Just talking about such a noble man makes me excited!

Watch out Hollywood. We are done with you and your macho men. We have seen the truth and we are no longer accepting that watered down version of males. We know there are men in the world who are willing to strive for holiness. Those are the true mighty men – fighters for truth.

“At the heart of mature masculinity is a sense of benevolent responsibility to lead, provide for and protect women in ways appropriate to a man’s differing relationships.”
– John Piper

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