Why is it the church no longer seems to stir the masculine heart? Why is it that Jesus is portrayed as a meek, humble man wearing a robe. As a boy, did he ever throw a rock at the neighbor’s donkey? Did he ever compete with his friends? Did he ever pull a prank on his siblings? Did he ever refuse to eat his broccoli? How is it that we have devised such a passive image of the Son of God, who will return as a master warrior to conquer the earth!!
Are men turned away from the church because the church is so passive? We gather several times a week, sings lovely songs and talk about love. Aren’t most men drawn to risk and challenge? Most men don’t want to wear a robe and sing in a choir…but a lot of men would love to go to Hondurus and build a church or go to Mississippi with chain saws and clean up after a hurricane.
It’s hard for a man to fit in to the feminine mode of the church. Men don’t cry easily. Men don’t care to hold hands. It’s even a bit awkward to hear about falling deeply in love with another man (Jesus). The Jesus who loved a small child on his lap is also the Jesus who cleared the temple of the money changers. The Jesus who submitted to the scourge of the Roman soldiers is also the Jesus who caused the earth to quake when he rose from the dead. This is the Jesus who instructed his disciples to bring their swords with them. This is the Jesus who said of John the Baptist, perpetual camper in the wilderness, eater of grass hoppers and model for a style of clothing most wouldn’t be caught dead wearing, “Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist”
I believe Christian men need to share a masculine Christ with masculine men. It should be our mission to do all we can to reverse the feminization of our male children by our perverted culture. Model a real man for your sons, no, not Spiderman, Jesus Christ. Teach your sons to reject passivity. Give them experiences and opportunities to develop courage. Teach them to be responsible protectors of the weaker ones that will huddle under their wings.
Where are all the men? Only 40% of the people going to church on any given Sunday are men. 70% of the boys will eventually leave the church. In Europe, women outnumber men 9 to 1 in the church. Women now outnumber men in Christian universities 2 to 1. The church needs men and men need the church. If we don’t do something quickly to reverse these trends, the church will succumb to its apathy.