A popular complaint among women is the problem of getting a guy "to commit." Well, sister, you're not the only one. Western culture spent centuries teaching men to commit themselves to one woman for life, and in practice this has meant teaching him to commit to his offspring. It has also meant giving him an important role to play in the protection of those children, and in his provision for them. Roe [v. Wade] wiped that out. It doesn't matter if a man commits or not anymore; our legal system has determined that such commitments are irrelevant. (79)
Reading Doug Wilson's Father Hunger today (Thomas Nelson, 2012). Doug does an excellent job diagnosing our culture's rebellion against God's design for masculinity, and of opening our eyes to the resulting mess:
Though we like calling God "Father," we often have a very shallow picture of what it means to have Him as our Father. We want candy and hugs and kisses and back rubs and bedtime stories from God; and we're surprised when we get sickness, pain, difficult work, bad grades, sin committed against us, consequences for our sin, and strife with the people around us. What's the deal? If God is our Father, shouldn't our lives be pleasant and easy?