Men Acting Like Children

Ran across this quote in Gene Veith’s latest book on Vocation and thought I’d pass it along:

It is certainly true today that in man/woman relationships, the man often plays the role of the needy one. He presents himself as troubled, unhappy, and emotionally vulnerable. The woman feels sorry for him, and is attracted by the prospect of helping him, even saving his life or saving his soul. But what these men are doing is appealing to a woman’s maternal instincts. The woman is asked to play the role of the mother, not the bride. The man is playing the role of the child, not a potential husband.

(Gene Edward Veith, Jr. & Mary J. Moerbe, Family Vocation: God’s Calling in Marriage, Parenting, and Childhood. Crossway: Wheaton, IL, 2012: 50)


About Rev. Paul L. Beisel

Graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2001 (M Div.) and 2004 (S.T.M.); LC-MS Pastor and Adjunct Instructor for John Wood Community College; Husband of Amy and father of Susan, Elizabeth, Martin, and Theodore.
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