Yes, he really did send out this tweet. @@
Owen Strachan‘s idea of Biblical manhood does not look like what I read in the Bible. Owen and his Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood friends love to talk about male headship and men as strong spiritual leaders. But when they cross the line like Owen has in the above Tweet, it’s important to see what the Bible really says.
To hand-select one verse that makes it look like men are supposed to be physically strong is pretty odd, especially when there are scores and scores of verses about what leadership really looks like.
One of the most common character traits I read in the Bible for both men and women is gentleness. I see Jesus taking a posture of humility and meekness. He does not lord his position. If anyone had the right to lord over people, you would think it would be Jesus Christ, Yet the Bible says we are to model our lives after Him.
Was Jesus’ physique referenced in the Bible? Was Jesus buff? Can anyone find any Biblical reference? I can’t find any. However, I did find these verses on gentleness in seconds:
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Eph. 4:1-2
But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 1 Tim. 6:11
Here are a couple of verses specifically talking about the gentleness of Jesus:
Now I, Paul, myself urge you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ–I who am meek when face to face with you, but bold toward you when absent! 2 Cor. 10:1
“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matt. 11:29
Owen saved himself by including the word “often” in his sentence, rather that writing an absolute: “The man who is willfully soft physically is often soft spiritually.” But still – what a bunch of malarkey. And what in the heck does it mean for a man to be “willfully soft physically?” Does this mean that anyone who doesn’t work out is not spiritual? This is an absurd notion.
Sure, it’s good for people to work out, but to make the conclusion that if men aren’t in good shape physically, they won’t be in good shape spiritually is ridiculous. This is just one more attempt to shame men into the roles that CBMW and Owen tout.
But check out this verse, from the ESV-men-approved translation which puts the emphasis on one’s spiritual life over physical life:
For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 1 Tim. 4:8
This implies that our spiritual walk is valued more than physical training. I think Owen should spend more time in the gym and less time exercising his fingers on Twitter.