Is Donald Trump making America masculine again?

Could Donald Trump have been elected because a large group of Americans believe America has become “too soft and feminine”? Could Donald Trump’s strong masculine persona have been a major driving force in his appeal to millions of Americans? Some surveys suggest this might be the case.

“Right now, a large group of Americans are feeling very hopeful about Donald Trump’s presidency. In polls, they show up in different demographic categories: They’re Republicans; they’re Trump voters; they’re of all different ages and from every geographic region…

America has been experiencing intense gender anxiety in recent years, and this is particularly true in conservative evangelical communities. White evangelicals’ ambient concern that the country is becoming “too soft and feminine” speaks to that anxiety, and to a deeper concern that the foundations of life in the United States are changing.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/12/trump-white-evangelicals-communities/509084/

“The two motivations—conviction and bigotry—are difficult to tease apart. Particularly in the United States, a country that remains more religious that its Western peers, faith and culture are in a feedback loop, complementing, responding, and reacting to one another. This is especially true when it comes to trans people in public bathrooms. Wisdom from the Bible can be brought to bear on any question, but on this issue, the ideas at stake are foundational. They are part of “the way of reading the Bible, going back to Genesis” said R. Marie Griffith, a professor of religion and politics at Washington University in St. Louis. “There’s this belief that God created man, and out of man, he created woman. And these are really crystal-clear categories. There’s something very deep and fundamental about that for the Christians who have … a way of thinking about the Bible as the word of God…

But more broadly, this is also a question about gender roles. In a recent PRRI / The Atlantic poll, 42 percent of Americans said they believe society is becoming “too soft and feminine.” Thirty-nine percent said they believe society is better off “when men and women stick to the jobs and tasks they are naturally suited for,” including 44 percent of Republicans and 58 percent of white evangelical Protestants. These numbers suggest nervousness about fluid gender identities—and that America isn’t even close to a consensus that men and women should choose the way they act.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/05/americas-profound-gender-anxiety/484856/

While secularists and liberal Christians may see little to no difference between “conviction and bigotry” we as Bible believing Christians know there is a huge difference between the two.  I can’t tell you how many people write me every week calling me a bigot for teaching the following three truths straight from the Scriptures.

Biblical Truth #1 – While men and women are equally human, they are not equally made in the image of God

“For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.”

1 Corinthians 11:7 (KJV)

The Bible is crystal clear – man, not woman is the direct image bearer of God.  This is not say that women do not also bare some attributes of God.  The common attributes of humanity that men and women share like self-awareness, emotions, free-will and creativity are part of the image of God.  But the masculine human nature was designed in the very image and likeness of God and the female human nature was designed to complement and help man to exercise is his duty as an image bearer.

God designed man to need to be the hero, the provider and protector.  So, man needed someone weaker than him, someone who would desire to be lead and desire to be provided for. So, God made woman to desire a leader, a provider and a protector. God knew that man would need someone to bare his children and to care for them.  So, he designed woman to naturally desire children and to naturally desire to care for them and nurture them.  God designed men to desire beauty because he desires beauty. So, he made woman beautiful and he designed her to desire to make herself beautiful for man.

In summary – God made woman, including each and every one of her physical and psychological attributes for man as the Scriptures tell us.

“Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.”

1 Corinthians 11:9 (KJV)

Biblical Truth #2 – Because woman was created especially for man, God has determined that man is to be head over woman in all areas of life including the family, the Church and Society

“But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.”

I Corinthians 11:3 (KJV)

For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.”

Ephesians 5:23 (KJV)

Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.”

1 Corinthians 14:34-35 (KJV)

“Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve.”

1 Timothy 2:11-13 (KJV)

Biblical Truth #3 – In those limited times when God has allowed women to be over men – it was a shame to men

“As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.”

Isaiah 3:12 (KJV)

Those of us Americans who believe in Biblical gender roles are not bigots but rather we have convictions that are based on the very Word of God.  I and every other man have no more value to God than a woman does.  The Scriptures tell us that from a spiritual perspective our souls have equal value to God and we have equal access as men and women to God’s salvation.

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Galatians 3:28 (KJV)

Both men and women are joint heirs of the grace of God and our heavenly inheritance to come.

But just because we are equal spiritually – does not mean we are equal in our roles or in our image bearing status.  God has made men and women physically and psychologically different by design – not by chance.  I gave the reason earlier that he made us different – he made woman for man.

Conclusion

I agree with a large chunk of Americans who believe America has become “too soft and feminine” and that America was better off “when men and women stick to the jobs and tasks they are naturally suited for” or in other words when men and women performed the roles and functions that God designed them to perform.

The prophet Isaiah’s words could not be more true when speaking of how America has been ruled for several decades when he wrote “…women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths. (Isaiah 3:12)

Whether it was women in various positions, or men acting like women in various positions our country has been ruled from a feminine perspective for too long and we have suffered the consequences.

What a feminine perspective of ruling our nation has looked like

We are told that it is selfish for hardworking Americans to desire to keep most of what they earn and to expect that they will pay taxes only for the basic services of government and not for a welfare state for those who do not work or do not make as much money.  To do so might hurt some poor people’s feelings.

We were told that we cannot protect our borders and force people to go back to their countries because we might separate families and people from other countries who need our help – even though Americans can’t find jobs and many of these immigrants will be a drain on our social welfare system. To do so might hurt some foreigner’s feelings.

We were told we cannot tell countries that they are treating us unfairly in their trading practices.  We were told we can’t protect our companies and workers and put tariffs on other countries. We were told that we could not inform other nations that we have the most powerful economy in the world and we are going to start acting like it by telling them it is a privilege, not a right for them to sell their products to our citizens.  To do so might hurt the feelings of these nations that we trade with.

We were told that we cannot protect our country from terrorism by calling out Radical Islamists for the enemies that they are.  We are told we cannot control what nations immigrants come from as this is “discriminatory and unfair”. To do so might hurt some Muslim’s feelings.

We were told calling for respect for police officers is racist. Our government would not acknowledge the fact that the black community bears the brunt for the reason that they are arrested and incarcerated at a higher percentage than whites because of the breakdown of the family unit in their community.  Our leaders couldn’t talk about the elephant in the room that 70 percent of black of babies are born out of wedlock and maybe, just maybe, this is the biggest contributor to crime and poverty in the black community.  To do so might hurt some black people’s feelings.

We were told that we cannot bring the full force of America’s military might to bare on cities in Iraq and elsewhere that have large terrorist populations for fear of collateral damage.  We might hurt the feelings of our enemies if we accidentally kill their families in during the bombing of cities.

All of these types of decisions are based on feelings, not logic. This is the feminization of American leadership.

This is why it was so refreshing to me and millions of Americans to see a man stand up and not be afraid to tell people the truth.  A man who is not afraid to make tough decisions that may hurt some people’s feelings.

He was far from a perfect candidate and he will be far from a perfect President.  But for all his faults I believe God can not only use Donald Trump to make America Great again, but he can also help America to be masculine again.

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106 thoughts on “Is Donald Trump making America masculine again?

  1. Blog,

    I’m not really sure what you’re talking about with regards to American slavery. The exceptions that you mention were highly exceptional, even as far as exceptions go. The occasional “good” owner doesn’t really change the systematic evil of American slavery.

    Furthermore, your claims about some freed people becoming rich on slavery overlooks the fact that many slaveholding states had laws forcing freedmen and -women to leave their state (and often their own still-enslaved families) after being freed so that they wouldn’t give those still enslaved the “wrong” idea.

    It’s also true that very few slaves were actually educated because, again, it was illegal to teach them to read. And even those who did receive an education from their masters or mistresses on the sly felt worse, not better, after learning because it showed them even more how limited their options were in life. Frederick Douglas talks a lot about this in his writings.

    Additionally, you seem to be mistaking practicality for kindness when you mention slaves being fed, clothed, and given their own bedrooms. (Really not sure about that last one, unless you’re counting household slaves having quarters in the household so that they would be readily available any time, day or night.) American slaveholders had to provide their slaves with adequate food and some clothing because they had a basic interest in keeping them relatively healthy. After the ban on the importation of foreign slaves in 1809, slaveholders had to rely predominantly on the slaves that they already held, the children that their slaves would birth, and any slave that they could buy within the country (plus the occasional group of slaves smuggled in from overseas). Therefore, they had to provide their slaves with an adequate daily caloric intake so that they could work hard all day, whether in the fields, in the house, at other tasks, or at jobs their masters had hired them out to do.

    (Still, their diets were nutritionally inadequate, even by the standards of the day, and enslaved women typically started puberty and gave birth for the first time three years after the average free woman of the time. They also suffered a higher rate of miscarriages and still births. I mention these things because those are all indicative of inferior diet and health as a result of forced lifestyle. Harriet Jacobs mentions a particularly brutal account of an enslaved mother’s struggles in her autobiography, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. According to Jacobs, her aunt was a house slave forced to sleep at the foot of her mistress’ bed every night so that she’d be perpetually on call. She was kept from proper sleep and her family even when she was pregnant. As a result, she never successfully carried a child to term. And if you go through the WPA slave narratives, which actually downplay much of the brutality of American slavery because those interviewed have been freed at a pretty young age and because they didn’t want to speak badly of their former masters, likely because they stilled lived near their descendants, you’ll find account of pregnant women being beaten brutally and the special procedures that were undertaken for those punishments. Aside from the horrifying thought of endangering the life of a pregnant woman and her child in that manner, we must also consider how much worse women who weren’t pregnant and men were treated.)

    For a couple final points, slaves often had to supplement the food and clothing that they were “given” (in quotes because who do you think grew and made those products?) by tending to gardens by their cabins in whatever spare time they had, usually after they were released from the fields at sundown. House slaves may have been given nicer clothing, but that was only so that they’d look good for guests. Furthermore, the average house slave worked 18 hours a day and had an extremely physically demanding job. They had to beat rugs, wring clothes dry, carry water up and down stairs, get fires going, and all sorts of other strenuous tasks.

  2. As for black families…

    The assault on black families didn’t begin with welfare. Oh no. It began with slaveholders splitting up families by selling husbands, wives, and children away from one another. And yes, this was actually quite common, especially around the Chesapeake region where most slaveholders made their money via the interstate slave trade. Basically, they kept a certain number of slaves to do agricultural work and housework, but, because their region wasn’t as warm, flat, or fertile as the Deep South’s, they sold “surplus” slaves down south, where slaveholders always needed more hands. And even in the Deep South, slaves living on large plantations could end up separated from their families. For example, some historians have looked more closely at George Washington’s slaves’ family lives and have realized that husbands, wives, and children all owned by Washington and/or Martha Washington could easily end up living miles apart from one another because the Washingtons’ holdings were so vast.

    Adding on to this, the assault on black families also began when slaveholders refused to formally recognize their slaves’ marriages as legally binding or equally as valid as their own. You hear about rituals like “jumping the broom” because enslaved people couldn’t bind their commitment anymore officially, either religiously or legally. It also began when slaveholders didn’t respect black husbands’ and wives’ marriages and forced enslaved women to become their “mistresses.”

    Then it continued under the era of segregation when black husbands and fathers could easily be lynched for an imaginary crime against a white woman, leaving their wives and children as widows and orphans. It continued when black husbands and fathers were paid so poorly that their wives had to work too to make ends meet. And of course, as the book At the End of the Dark Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance catalogues meticulously, much of the fear of black men raping white women was actually psychological projection from white men who were frequently guilty of raping black women.

  3. And for a final, general point about minorities’ contributions to American culture…

    Yes, the principles that formed the basis of our Declaration of Independence and constitution came from seventeenth- and eighteenth-century philosophers of English, French, and German origins. However, as the history of American slavery and segregation shows, minorities who were citizens or (as was the case for slaves, had lived here their whole life) were very often not given the same legal protections as white citizens. The protests and activism of minorities in the U.S. has made our country change its laws and heart so that we can more fully and truly hold to our founding principles. During the era of slavery, freed and escaped black men and women like Frederick Douglas and Harriet Jacobs told their stories and the stories of their fellow slaves to turn more people towards abolition and to make those who were already abolitionists more dedicated to their cause. And of course, the most effective, passionate, and dedicated Civil Rights activists were black men and women. Furthermore, many of the white people involved in these movements were religious and cultural minorities–usually Jews or Quakers.

    So we can’t discount the ways in which racial, cultural, and religious minorities have, in the past, changed our country for the better.

  4. Alex,

    Thank you for your reply. I find what you wrote to be true and accurate and really dont know why you felt the need to go into detail as I never stated that any of these events were not true. My purpose in writing what I wrote was to point out the bigger picture regarding slavery and how it has always been used even before it came to America. That is why I stated that the muslim culture was one of the biggest slave trades owning more blacks then anyone else in history. They also enslaved whites, jews etc. I remember clarifying in my post when talking about slavery that I do not, in anyway shape or form, condone slavery, or think it was justified in any way! I think owning any human being no matter what the race is inhumane. But what I dont like is how history isnt taught in full. The examples of what I gave with regards to blacks owning slaves, slave owners treating slaves nicely etc. may not be the norm, but it did happen is all I was trying to point out.

    I then tied it into politics today, and how i believe that a lot of people are trading one form of slavery for another, meaning big government. This is why my world view and values lead me to vote more conservative and support life.

    Wanted to clear that up so my original intent wasnt taken out of context.

  5. Thank you Alex for your reply. I don’t remember anywhere in my recent comments that I was trying to make light of slavery. I in no way shape or form think owning another human being is okay. No matter what the race. My point in my comment was to simply state that the history of slavery here in America hasn’t been represented in a way that tells all sides, just the sides that fit the narrative of what our educational system and government is trying to push. Black slave owners, wealthy black oeople, and whites who treated their slaves well was not the norm but it did happen.

    This is also why I brought up the point that the Muslim culture enslaved blacks, whites, Jews and actually owned and enslaved more black people then America ever has. Again, slavery is horrible, but why can’t we talk about the other aspects? White people weren’t the only ones to slave people.

    I then brought this full circle in saying that now with how our government is wanting to be apart of every aspect of our lives is the new slavery. Black people and minorities have traded one form of slavery for another. Big government seeks to enslave in more subtle ways.

  6. @Blog,

    Thanks for your reply as well. I understand your point more now. And, yes, it is true that Arabs (mostly Muslims) living in North Africa were responsible for capturing, selling, and trading black Africans to white Europeans. It’s also true that Muslims primarily traded and owned slaves during the medieval and early modern periods while Europeans, in contrast, mostly owned serfs, although with the rise of urban centers and the collapse of serfdom, Europeans did begin buying African, Arab, and Eastern European slaves in greater numbers. (Theoretically, slavs sold to Christian Europeans couldn’t be Christian as well, so most were Muslim, but there are documented cases where slaves were arguing that they were actually Christians and that the slave trader who sold them lied to their master.)

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