Apparently the modern evangelical church is unfriendly to men.
Rick Warren in his “Pastor’s Toolbox” has included an article by the author to explain these principles. I won’t quote the rationale here (it’s copyrighted after all) but I would like to respond to them…
Principle one: Cultivate a healthy masculine spirit in your church.
Principle two: Make men feel needed and wanted.
Principle three: Present Christ’s masculine side.
Principle four: Avoid feminine terminology.
Principle five: Preach shorter sermons.
Principle six: Become students of men.
Principle seven: Create a culture of person-to-person challenge.
Ugh. Now why is it that when books like this are published they are hailed as “ground-breaking” but if one were to be written from women’s perspective it is often referred to as “divisive” and “strident”???
I really do try to not sound like a crazed feminist, but when I read stuff like this, I either want to hurl something at my computer, or just hurl.
Jesus came, lived and died for ALL people. Men. Women. Slave. Free. Jew. Greek. Or was Paul just joking in Galatians 3?
There are issues in the church today that have nothing, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, to do with gender, and much more to do with real, painful, human needs.
Things like single-parent households. Divorce. Infidelity. Addictions. Lifestyle choices. Music and cultural icons that should be challenged for being ungodly and unhealthy.
OK, so I’m an idealist. I’ll admit that. And I am “only” a student. Guilty again.
But somewhere, somehow, we in the Church need to stop pitting men and women against each other and start considering how to build up the Church together, and not compartmentalize it into special interest groups. It doesn’t matter who gets more attention. Or where they sit. Or who is in charge. It really doesn’t.
It does matter Who we are there to worship and serve. Somehow, I think we all tend to forget that. And books like Murrow’s are part of this “me-serve” mentality.
Rant mode off…
Jesus said: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”