Cory Asbury on Gender Roles & Men Painting Their Nails

Cory Asbury

GRAMMY®-nominated Bethel Music singer/songwriter Cory Asbury sparked controversy over social media for defending men who pain their nails. Asbury, best known for hits such as "Reckless Love" and "The Father's House," explains in an Instagram video why he paints his nails in various shades of red, white and blue.

"It is remarkable to me how many times I get asked this question," he said. "Number one, I have three daughters. It's one of their favorite things to do - paint daddy's nails. They love it. They think it's amazing. They think it's incredible."

Asbury then said he sees no biblical reason why men cannot paint their nails. "That is a societal construct. That is a social norm that we have accepted that men don't paint their nails. That is cultural. It has zero to do with the Bible, Jesus, Christianity, moral code at all. It doesn't make any sense to question the idea unless you've grown up in a culture that says it's not okay to do something. Jesus could care less what color your frickin nails are.

"As He says about King David in the Old Testament, 'I'm not concerned with the outward appearance - man looks at the outward appearance. God looks at the heart. And my heart is definitely painted."


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