Saturday, February 17, 2007

Thou Doth Protest Too Much?

It's not my place to question the way anyone chooses to worship God, nor is it my place to make people face up to their own latent homosexual tendencies. But I can't help but be amused by this piece in today's Kansas City Star about "testosterone theology" (italics by me):
“I started talking to men outside of the church,” he says. “God has given me a passion for men outside the walls of the church. In doing that, I spent a lot of time talking to guys who didn’t look like church guys — intentionally.”

The leaders of the movement, including Murrow, don’t like contemporary Christian praise music, railing against “dreamy songs with lovey-dovey words.” They don’t like the sermons, which they say are boring, or the image of a sweet, loving Jesus. And they even complain about the sanctuaries’ decor, which reminds them of Martha Stewart.

Instead they want more martial music such as “Onward, Christian Soldiers” and “Rise Up, O Men of God.” They want short services and short sermons, with masculine, athletic metaphors, mostly about a rebellious and manly Jesus. They want swords and battle axes on the walls of their sanctuaries, and they want to call their spiritual leaders “coach” instead of “pastor” and see them dressed in camouflage or orange hunting vests.

“The battle for men’s hearts is going to be fought on many fronts,” Murrow says. “You have to use the right lure to get them in the door.”

At the United Brethren in Christ Church in Holly Hill, Fla., the Rev. Chuck McKeown has already made adjustments based on the teachings of Murrow and others. He has put swords and battle axes on the wall of his sanctuary. On Sunday evenings, he has been holding cookouts for men.

“We chat about our struggles and victories, tell men stories,” he says. There is an informal, 10-minute lesson, “sometimes around violence and addiction issues in a nonthreatening atmosphere where a guy would open up and talk.”

Sometimes, this emphasis on masculinity and muscular Christianity turns into something else — an obsession with the “feminization” of the Christian church.

There is a good deal of sexual imagery: Murrow and other authors use the terms “emasculation,” “homoerotic,” “macho-deficit” and checking “your manhood at the door” in describing a traditional churchgoing experience. Other authors talk about “impotence.”

In one magazine column, Murrow wrote, “The Christ I found in Scripture was a wild stallion, but the church seemed intent on turning me into a gelding.”
Is anybody else picking up on some unresolved issues here?

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4 Comments:

Anonymous travelingal said...

Perhaps they would rather have a gay woman pastor..maybe she'd be more butch..ya know...they could feel comfortable wearng their hunting jackets to church after bringing in the morning kill...

But I don't think they'd like that either...

Get a life

2/17/2007 3:47 PM  
Blogger Xavier Onassis said...

Not surprising that they don't realize how gay they are. Religions are all about self deception and blinding yourself to reality.

Also not surprising that so many people of faith are also Republicans.

Same reasons.

2/17/2007 6:34 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

s long been an issue. Too often, the Christ that is preached at church is exclusively meek and mild, ignoring the Jesus who tore up the Temple and told his followers to they would one day need to buy swords. The imbalance turns many men off.

2/18/2007 7:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reaching a bit aren't we? Since when does a man's interest in "masculine" things suggest he has latent homosexual tendencies? Or heterosexual tendencies for that matter? Some men like "man stuff". Some men like things of a more sensitive nature.

You know better than to draw such weak and shallow conclusions. I don't expect your gay readers are impressed with such blatantly prejudiced labeling.

2/18/2007 8:13 PM  

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