In recent visit to the city of Chiclayo in the North of Peru, salvationists took us to see a giant bird farm. There we were able to learn about the habits of Ostriches and Emus including the curious behavior of their male.
The male Ostridge digs and prepares the nestle and after his female deposits the egg he takes turns with her to incubate the egg sitting on it during the night while she does it during the day. The male Ostridge seems to be a good husband, but the negative side about him is that he is polygamous.
With the Emus the responsibility for the nestle building and afterwards the egg incubation rests entirely on the female, the male doesn’t help at all. The male Emu seems to be a bad husband but the positive side about him is that he is monogamous.
While it may seem that the habits of human males are not much different, Christian men have a more excellent behavior alternative than to be good polygamous husbands or bad monogamous ones. It is possible to be a good monogamous husband! We read in the New Testament that the marital relationship can be like Christ’s relationship with his Church, meaning a relationship of lasting fidelity and constant cooperation.
Men don’t need to behave like Ostriches or Emus neither women need to submit to the habits of giant birds. Men and women can maintain a balanced and harmonic relationship where respect and mutual support can predominate.
At times our society’s behavior looks like a zoo and we feel pressured to behave like animals. However let’s not forget that we are children of God and as Christians we are not Ostriches nor Emus.
(Like Christ loved the church, Ephesians 5:25 – Husband of one wife, 1 Timothy 3:12).