Crossing the T

Life at the intersection of Church and Trans with Rev. Allyson Robinson

Woman, thou art at fault

Check out this surprisingly rigorous critique of the “New Masculinity” movement among evangelicals in this month’s Christianity Today.  What scares me most about this kind of theology is not that it calls men to be bold, but that it implies women cannot and should not be. 

No, wait.  What scares me most about it is the way it blames women for everything that’s wrong with the church.

No, that’s not it either.  What scares me most is how, by so blatantly defining Jesus according to marketing strategies (i.e. by what will bring men back to church) rather than allowing him to define himself, the “New Masculinity” movement actually contributes to the decline of the church rather than ameliorating it.

For those who would like to learn more about how the binary gender construct is screwing up the church (and basically everything else), I recommend Virginia Ramey Mollenkott‘s Omnigender: A Trans-religious Approach

(Thanks to Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish blog.)

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3 Comments»

  Busby wrote @

I would agree that the New Masculinity is missing the point. We are uncomfortable with the words of Jesus because he takes away many of the actions that our culture attributes to “manly actions.” These atrocious lyrics (from the article) may sum it up best:
We’ve been beaten down
Feminized by the culture crowd
No more nice guy, timid and ashamed …
Grab a sword, don’t be scared
Be a man, grow a pair!

The problem is that regardless of what we feel, is that Christ taught against such tactics.

He said to Peter, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword.” (Matt. 26:52)

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matt. 5:5)

“But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. but if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” (Matt 5:39)

Granted the trait of standing up to fight is not the only one of the “Masculine Jesus” movement, but the problem is that many of the aspects they glorify are ones that Jesus and Paul and other writers in the New Testament call us to put to death because they are not “of the Spirit.” And unfortunately that makes most men feel very uncomfortable, and thats why they don’t come to church. It is because the cost of following Jesus it too high…

  Joyce wrote @

ally 0– your amazon link is busted. You’ve got two http://'s at the beginning

  Allyson wrote @

Fixed, Joyce…thanks for the heads-up!

And Ryan… “It is because the cost of following Jesus it too high.” Wow. Talk about getting to the heart of the matter! Has anyone ever told you that you should go into preaching? 😉 That’s precisely the kind of thing that needs to be heard from our pulpits.


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