Nothing Soft About This Patriarch

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Evangelical blogger Matthew Hall points out the latest example of protective patriarchy, from an Associated Press release: a man who killed, with his bare hands, a five-point whitetail buck in his daughter’s bedroom. This was not some freak hunting experience. The deer crashed through the window, leaving confusion and wreckage in its wake.

I don’t know anything about this father’s spiritual state. But there is something to be said about a man who will protect his daughter to the point of tackling a deer for forty minutes with his bare hands, and prevailing. Like the Father, we want everyone to be a Christian. But, right now, if he’s not already, I really want this man with us in the Kingdom struggle.

We live in a fearful and cowardly time. The crisis we face is not a crisis of clarity but a crisis of courage.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Public Theologian at Christianity Today and Director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project.