There are three things which are too wonderful for me,
Yes, four which I do not understand:
The way of an eagle in the air,
The way of a serpent on a rock,
The way of a ship in the midst of the sea,
And the way of a man with a virgin.
Proverbs 30:18-19 (NKJV)
Men look at women. For good or for bad, men look. Why? Because you are beautiful. You are all kinds of beautiful and every type of lovely. And any man worth his salt knows that God has made nothing more stunning, more alluring, more breathtaking, more fascinating than woman.
After fourteen years of marriage and six children it is a joy to say that my wife is still the “desire of my eye” (as God called Ezekiel’s wife in 24:16). The way she moves is mesmerizing. The way her eyes shine when she is pleased, the flavors of her smiles, her hair when it spills across my chest at night, the circle of her lower back–they are altogether lovely.
My eyes still revel in her. And they are right to do so. She’s a “yummy mummy.”
But I think that there is an aspect of seeing women in which men have failed, and our culture has utterly abandoned us. It is the cornerstone of respect, a perspective that our eyes still register but our hearts have forgotten.
What is it? Awe. Wonder. Marvel. The sense of the sacred–the fear of the holy.
We have allowed media and porn and pop-culture and liberal thought to objectify, demean, uncover and profane half of the image of God. We have lost our awe of you. Our awe of women. And when we lose our awe, we lose our natural sense of respect.
On behalf of all of manhood, I am so sorry. We have sinned against our God and against you, the daughters of Heaven. As a husband, as a father of four little girls (and two sons who will one day marry) and as a worshiper of God, my heart aches to reclaim the awe and respect of womanhood.
As men and as a culture, we NEED to respect you. Respect has the Fear of the Lord at its core. It lifts man above the animals and gives family, law, society, and morality their foundation. It humanizes us.
When we stopped being amazed at your womanhood, we lost the nobility of our manhood…
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