Do you remember the first time you saw the scene where a super cool looking Laurence Fishburne as ‘Morpheus’, presents an almost baby face Keanu Reeves as ‘Neo’ with the choice between the Red and the Blue pill?
Blue represented a life where things stayed the same; you knew what you were getting. The red pill represented, getting the veil pulled from your eyes; the harsh reality. It is implied that only the strong, the courageous, the bold can handle taking the Red pill. At some point later in the film the coward/traitor even utters the words: ‘Ignorance is bliss’.
You might not know this, but on social media there is a digital dimension aptly named the ‘manosphere’. It is a loose coalition of content creators, their followers and those who love to hate them (yes, those too). The content these creators are producing is focused on the essence of being a man and the relationships men have: with each other, females, their offspring, their families/relatives, friends and the government.
In this online community the ‘Red Pill’ stands for the exposure of a man to the true nature of the world, his place in it, the options he has and the real strategies which are available to him to achieve his goals.
The Red Pill
The message of the ‘Red Pill’ is that men must realize that females are hypergamous, that government policies and legal systems (especially those in the Western world) are skewed towards less (some even argue, no) accountability from women and real intersexual relationships are governed by different rules then is portrait by the media.
Feminist writers have labeled the ‘manosphere’ as a digital watering hole for misogynists. In all honesty this is not fair, but this opinion will probably label this blog as misogynist in the eyes of those referred to.
Are there misogynists in the ‘manosphere’? In all honesty, most definitely yes. That being said, the existence of the ‘manosphere’ speaks to serious issues we as a society are currently having. The forced feminization of the world. Enter at random any given church and the chances that you encounter a predominantly female congregation is uncomfortably high. This while a healthy religious community needs both sexes equally represented, using their respective strengths to complement each other.
Like all movements which try to conquer the world, feminism has by its own actions created its own counterpart, the Red Pill movement. Contrary to feminist believe, this movement is not an exclusively misogynist or even male movement, as many concerned women have joined as well.
To the astonishment of many, the rules of energy also apply in the psychological dimension. The Red pill community is proving to grow equal in strength to the feminist movement which triggered it.
The Biblical view on the Red pill
When looking at the doctrine of philosophies such as the Red Pill, we as Christian men should look for the presence of God, His way of thinking. Looking at the Red pill philosophy in that light, we see that the divine is lacking.
The Red pill philosophy views the situation of men and their relationship with the other sex from the lens of a solely material world. The motivations of the actors in this world are purely based on sexual economics and animalistic psychological patterns.
Men try to obtain access to sex and are willing to ‘work’ for it. Men want to spread their genes as much as possible and try to get them in every female they personally deem fit enough. Females want to obtain resources and security for themselves and their offspring and are willing to trade sex for it. Females also want to obtain the best genes for their offspring and are willing to use any means to get them.
Because of the power dynamics between the two sexes, the wants of these two are in direct opposition of each other and they are therefor in essence at war with each other. Somehow the feminine side has gained a significant stronghold in the thought processes and opinions of academia, media, some parts of politics, the government and the legal system.
This influence has been reprogramming what is understood to be a man for the last few decades, resulting in boys growing up to adults in an environment which is most categorically Blue pill i.e. unknowingly settling in behavior in favor of the female position.
To be fair, this is exactly one of the default relationships between men and women in a world without God.
Relationships according to the Bible
The template for the romantic relationships between men and women, is recorded in Genesis 2: 23 -24, when Adam sees Eve for the first time and is clearly satisfied with her, stating:
23 […], This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. (KJV)
The writer of Genesis goes on to explain:
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. (KJV)
A man thus leaves the home and the authority of his parents and starts a new family unit with his wife, sticking it out with her. Now when it comes to their respective roles in this family unit Paul in Ephesians 5: 22 – 29 is very clear. The man is the head of the family unit and he should love and cherish his wife as if she is part of his own body. The wife should accept his leadership if she wants the family unit to perform correctly and be fruitful.
The Apostle Peter in I Peter 3 verse 1 and 7, reiterates this;
1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives. (KJV)
7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. (KJV)
In Ephesians Paul explains that the relationship between Christ and the church, stands as the model for the relationship between a man and his wife. The man is the head of the family and stands ready to fight for them and give his live for if need be, while being accountable to the Lord. His wife obeys him and supports him completing his God given mission.
These two things work in tandem and one can’t be without the other. A man doesn’t receive obedience and support from his wife, without being obedient and accountable to God and therefor loving and cherishing her. The wife doesn’t receive the leadership, provision and protection from her husband, without being faithful to God and therefor obedient and supportive to her husband.
Do Christian men need the Red pill?
If a Christian man follows the plan laid out in the Bible, the Red pill has no meaning for him as he has access to divine knowledge. Nowhere in the Bible it is stated that a man should measure the value of his manhood, by the happiness of his wife. Their combined happiness is a byproduct of them fulfilling the roles God has assigned for both of them in the family unit and so is a blessings He bestows upon them.
The thing is that the church does not teach young men in particular how to relate to women. If there is no one else to explain the abovementioned biblical principles to them, they have to take their cues from Hollywood and the warped views coming from some parts of academia and popular culture in general.
The whole idea of a man, is seeking and following God’s mission for him, preparing for it mind, body and soul and executing on it. That it will take a strong man in every sense to even hope to succeed in this mission. The knowledge that women will find him if he does so, and that it is his job to select a worthy mate, who may follow his lead and support him in his mission and he can protect and love. These are sadly novel ideas in the contemporary church.
In a coming article we will be looking in to a mental phenomenon many (young) Christian men find themselves into called ‘Oneitis’.