Friday, April 01, 2005

introducing the ladies man

It seems that there is constant anti-male propaganda on tv. Too often commercials and programs portray men as stupid, fat, ingnoramous, incompetent oafs who couldn't even tie their shoes if it wasn't for their domineering, pushy, overbearing wives coming to save the day. Our society has a huge gender issue and has lost what it means to be male and what it means to be female. Culture has told men that their masculine behavior needs to be replaced with some sort of femininity that they were never intended to possess.

This behavior is seen in no better place than our churches. Really, in most cases, church is a very girly place. There is often nothing masculine about any of the services, songs, decorations or activities. It's as if church has become a very female-centric gathering - complete with plenty of flowers and pastels. At the Acts 29 conference Rick and I attended, Mark Driscoll continually empasized the need for churches to raise up Godly men. He said that if men come and Christ changes their lives, then they will marry Godly women and in turn have Godly families. Churches need to be a place where men can feel at home and often, I'm afraid that's not the case. I've seen that in our church, having a new pastor that is manly has begun to bring men out of the woodwork - despite the fact that the ladies on our decorating committee tried to put down lavender tile in he social hall last week! They didn't prevail. Thankfully, some men interevened. Wheeeew. That was a close one.
posted by Christie