Real men don’t hit women! – Conference with popular author, speaker
“We need to spread the message that real men do not abuse their women,” says Lee Grady, popular author of books such as Ten Lies that Men Believe and former editor of Charisma Magazine. “No matter where I travel in the world, we see the same problem with male pride in the home. Here in Latin America we call it machismo, but it goes by many names.” As the founder of the Mordecai Project, a worldwide ministry dedicated to ending violence against women, he has opened centers to help abused and battered women in places as far flung as Peru and Hungary and Nigeria. Now he is here in Puerto Rico to give an appearance at a conference called Esfuérzate y Sé Hombre (Stand Up and Be a Man!) at the Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal Riveras de Cupey.
“Even in the Christian church, we have swallowed many lies,” says Mr. Grady. “One of those lies is that women are less important than men. But when we look at the example of Jesus Christ, He exalted the value and dignity of women. As we look around our world, we see that women are subjugated, enslaved, used as sex slaves, and abused by their husbands and other men. In a Latin American country, for example, I see situations where machismo commonly makes it so that a woman has to get up early, wait all day on her man, cook for him after a long day on her feet, and then perform for him sexually that night because it is all about his desires, not her needs. In other countries, a woman may be forced to walk around in the heat all dressed from head to foot in black. In yet another country, it may cause a man to think he has the right to force his twelve year old daughter to have her genitals mutilated ritually. But in all of these cases, the root cause is the same: Male pride that says they are worth more than women.”
Grady says that the church has always played the pivotal role in combating this poison. “Throughout history, the single greatest force for freeing women from oppression has been the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Grady believes that it is high time for the Church to embrace its proper role as a champion of women’s rights. “No woman has to accept abuse from her husband. No woman should have to fear for her life, or fear for her children’s lives.”
So how does this translate into our daily lives? “We need to start addressing the problem of women’s abuse by tackling it where it usually begins: With the men,” says Grady. “So this conference is aimed at helping men see where they are wrong, and to give them the tools they need to seek healing in the home.”
The conference is this Saturday, November 7, 2015, at the Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal Riveras de Cupey, starting at 9 a.m. The charge of $25 covers lunch and materials. Space is limited, so call the church at (787) 998-7770 or visit SalvemosPuertoRico.com. Translation into Spanish will be provided.