As it turned out, the video was about violence towards woman. Jackson Katz, the man giving the talk, started an organization which works with male groups in the military, athletics, and other areas to try and change the culture of violence towards women. The way he is attempting to do this is through "leadership training" to encourage men to speak up when wrong comments are made about or towards women, hoping to change the overarching attitude of our culture.
This is all very good. And he never claims to be trying to turn men towards feminism - so it is funny that this comment was what made the video go viral.
Wrong FoundationsTo begin, although many of his applications are good, he is working on some wrong premises:
- He doesn't recognize sin as the problem. He essentially asks "Why have men always been violent?", and never provides an answer. He says perpetrators are "normal guys", not "sick and twisted". The Bible, on the other hand, teaches us that we are all twisted by sin: "None is righteous, no, not one...Their feet are swift to shed blood, in their paths are ruin and misery." (Romans, 3:10-16) Ever since the fall, sin has been causing men to act violently (eg. Cain and Abel), and the only REAL solution is Jesus Christ (Romans 3:23-24).
- This leads to his second major error, which is that he seems to think he has found the solution to the problem. Yes, we SHOULD work towards encouraging mercy and peace and justice - but the only way we can find real healing is through Jesus Christ, and it is only by the Holy Spirit working in us that we can begin to look more like God (Isaiah 53:4-5, 2 Cor 3:18)
Come back on Thursday to read why feminism isn't the answer, and how the Bible lays out a framework which is, in Part 2.
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