Thursday, September 07, 2006

Iron Jesus and the “Masculinization” of the Church

The irrepressible Joe Carter:

I’ve hunted snipe and fished for shark. I’ve eaten rattlesnake, alligator, and the pork pattie from an MRE. I’ve lived through tornados, typhoons, and a divorce.

I own a .40 caliber Glock. My hero is John Wayne.

In other words, there is some evidence that I am—or at least once was—a fairly “manly man.” I’m also a devout Bible-believing Christian. But for the life of me, I can’t discern how the two are connected, much less why one is necessary for the other. Yet that is the impression I often get when I read about the “feminization of the church” and the move to provide young Christian men with “masculine” role models...But young men don’t need a Jesus who strolls like the Duke, squints like Eastwood, and snarls like Rumsfeld. They don't need Jesus the wrestler or Jesus the warrior. They just need Jesus the Savior.

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