Songwriter and cult leader Cory Asbury recently answered a follower’s question on Instagram about why he wears nail polish, sparking a debate in the comments section about cultural gender norms and masculinity.
Asbury is no stranger to controversy, as one of his best-known songs, “Reckless Love,” is also one of the most hotly debated and criticized among evangelical worship leaders.
For some, Asbury’s use of the word “reckless” in reference to the love of God is theologically inaccurate and bordering on blasphemy. Nonetheless, Asbury defended his use of the word, arguing that from a human perspective, Christ’s willingness to suffer and die for the salvation of those who would trust him is a kind of love that is nothing less than bold.
“It’s remarkable to me how many times I’ve been asked this question,” Asbury said in her nail polish video response. “First, I have three daughters. This is one of their favorite activities: painting dad’s nails.
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In the video, Asbury’s fingernails can be seen having been painted several different colors.
“They love it. They think it’s amazing. They think it’s amazing,” Asbury continued. never once said, ‘It’s weird that dad paints his nails.’ You know why? Because it is a societal construction. It’s a social norm we’ve accepted that men don’t paint their nails. It’s cultural. »
“It has nothing to do with the Bible, Jesus, Christianity, the moral code at all, just in general,” Asbury explained. “It makes no sense to question the idea unless you grew up in a culture that says it’s not okay to do something.”
Asbury went on to say that “Jesus doesn’t care” about the color of a man’s fingernails, “because the truth is, as he says of King David in the Old Testament, ‘I am not concerned with the outward appearance. Man looks at the outward appearance. God looks at the heart.’”
“And my heart is definitely painted,” Asbury concluded. “Goodbye.”
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A number of people in the comments section disagreed.