>Recently I have been reading the book by John Eldredge entitled “Wild at Heart”. Although I don’t believe in a lot of things that Eldredge espouses in his book, the premise of the church losing it’s masculine identity, I can definitely agree with. We as a church have let the popular culture make our saviour( and hence our men) weak and frail. Meek and mild, is not weak and frail. We as men need to stand up and reclaim our house, and our church and become men that are empowered by the Holy Spirit to do what is morally right.
Having said that, I have been subscribing to a blog published by the “Council of Biblical Womanhood and Manhood”. Many of the articles I receive on a daily basis are well written and have a very valid message. But one recent blog made me rather upset. The title of the blog was “A Man’s Summer Reading List…” When I first saw the title, I thought that this could be interesting and was excited to see what books were out there that might be a good read for a hot summer. When I began to read the blog, I was stunned by what I saw. Every single book that was recommended for “manly” reading was based around military generals, war, battles, or murders. One of the war books even tried to use Isaiah in its title to invoke some sort of “God’s service” in the battle.
Now I like a good war book, and have read many. I even like learning about 1920’s mafia and the like. But I take offense that this is the type of subject matter that has to be in books to make them a “manly” read. How about books talking about humility and servant hood. Or, if you want adventure, even a good story about some missionary?
The church needs to figure out what true biblical manhood really is. But in doing so we need to make sure we don’t fall into the same trap as everyone else. In stereotyping genders, we are causing just as much harm as we would if we are trying to homogenize the genders.
If you would like to read the blog for yourself, here is the link.