so manly.

4 Feb

i’m increasingly convinced that the drive towards a ‘masculine’ christianity stems more from a want to cover up poor and immature behavior motivated by misguided desires to mask men’s insecurities than it is a desire to follow hard after jesus.  rejecting the image of jesus given throughout the gospel narratives as a gentle rabbi who cared deeply for women, spent time engaging children and invested in other outcasts of his day to the detriment of his own reputation, this twisted misinterpretation of our faith trades in the example of servant leadership for one that is domineering through ‘putting women in their place.’

the reality is that this type of ‘masculine’ christianity, rather than creating a desire to be true to the biblical text, is being used as an excuse to demand MY way, all while showing how tough i am as a man by calling all the shots, toting my trophy wife or girlfriend around on my arm, driving big trucks, chest bumping, cursing, farting, and watching MMA or living vicariously through chuck norris.  our desire to protect a skewed concept of ‘manhood’ has superseded our desire to love well, and it’s becoming increasingly obvious as this conversation continues that this particular version of our faith does more to alienate and dehumanize than it does to bring a ‘flourishing of women and men.‘

back to the drawing board, i guess.

in the beginning…

eve.  in the very name of Woman is life.  she is the mother of life, the giver of life.  it is in the safety of the Woman’s womb that the fragility of life is both created and formed – knit together – by the very hands of God.  even the God-Man jesus will be formed in this life-giving space.  it is through Woman’s life-giving that we find our literal being and ability to become.

in the garden, the resting place of holy shalom where God will soon walk alongside his most prized creation, this Woman is created – in God’s image – as a suitable helper for the Man.  lest the misogynists take advantage of the term ‘helper’ to declare that Man be above the Woman in some sort of twisted application of a ‘masculine’ or ‘manly’ christianity, i humbly remind them || the promise of the holy spirit of God later comes through the words of jesus  wrapped in the root of this same word || he is to be our ‘helper.’

kinda puts a damper on the idea of a masculine and manly christianity, no?

unless we wanna be consistent in our hermeneutic and just go ahead and say that the 3rd person in the trinity is a Woman.

see what i did there? 😉

it’s time for us to re-imagine how God views (and consequently how we view) the crown of his creation – Woman.

for a more articulate explanation of God’s view of Woman than i could muster, check this out from frank viola

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5 Responses to “so manly.”

  1. Melodie February 4, 2012 at 9:06 PM #

    Preach it!!!!

  2. Carlynn Jurica February 5, 2012 at 9:10 AM #

    Isn’t it true that “spirit” in Hebrew and Aramaic is grammatically feminine? Perhaps it is “biblical” that the Holy Spirit is a Woman. 😉

    • the WayWard follower February 5, 2012 at 10:46 AM #

      that’s correct. ‘spirit’ is grammatically feminine in the semitic languages (hebrew and aramaic), and the use of the word in NT greek is’pneuma’which is neuter, meaning neither male nor female (it should also be noted that in latin, the word is masculine :: ‘spiritus‘).

      interesting thought :: when jesus spoke in john 4 that ‘God is spirit,’ he was most likely speaking aramaic, noting the feminine grammatical use of the word ‘spirit.’ (this of course was translated into koine greek for john’s gospel, rendering the use of the word grammatically gender-nuetral). hmmmm…

  3. Jonathan Stone February 7, 2012 at 7:19 PM #

    Good stuff! Look forward to following the blog!

    • the WayWard follower February 8, 2012 at 9:06 AM #

      thanks, jonathan! looking forward to hearing your thoughts as well.

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