Where Are God's Heros and Warriors?
TownHall ^ | Apr. 17, 2004 | Doug Giles
Posted on 04/17/2004 1:06:57 PM PDT by DemWatch
Have you ever asked yourself, “Self … why do churches today look more like the lingerie department at Wal-Mart, than a battalion of men poised to plunder the powers of darkness?” Why do men avoid going to church, and what can be done about it?
Certainly, the lack of men in church is not at all difficult to see. Just open your eyes any Sunday morning and go to church. Then, count the number of ladies in the pews, and the number of men. The result: you’re slapped in the face with the Jose Cuervo-like reality that men are avoiding church like Michael Jackson avoids reality.
More and more, we are seeing fewer and fewer mature and responsible, evil-challenging tripods who love leadership, the struggle and aren’t afraid to boldly face an increasingly godless environment with conviction, power and the love of God.
So why do most men avoid church? Here’s the veneer stripped-away answer: going to church for the majority of men is an exercise in unwanted effeminacy. Church, for most men, has not only become irrelevant; it has also become effeminate. Hanging out in church for most extra-Y chromosomes seems unmanly and most men more than anything want to be masculine!
The current lack of strong men within the Church, both in the numeric and leadership sense, has crippled our cathedrals and has helped devastate our nation ethically. The masculine spirit being absent from the pulpit, the pew and subsequently the public square has not only slowed down the forward progress of the Church, it has also weakened our nation’s morality, increased our country’s secularity, and has assisted [owing to our absence] the lascivious Left’s re-definition of life, sex, marriage and law.
So how do we regain the masculine spirit in our houses of worship? How do we gird the Church to press on with that which is holy, just and good? How can we Christians fight the good fight honorably, for freedom, family and the flag? Here are a few things the Church can do.…
· Put an end to preaching by cheesy, whiny, quiche eating, preening Nancy Boys ... right now! It freaks us meat eaters out. Get it? Hire a pastor who throws off a good John Wayne vibe instead of that Boy George feeling. Know what I mean? And cheer on “Pastor Wayne” to serve up the solid meat of the scripture … the stuff that prods the congregation to biblical maturity rather than prolonging their infancy.
· Ditto regarding the worship/music leader. And make sure your new testosterone laden songmeister is outfitted with weighty worship music instead of the saccharine-laced slush we have had to sing ad nauseam et infinitum for the last, oh, 100 years. That’s a pretty simple can-do … don’t you think?
· Enough with the Precious Moments prints and figurines -- okay? How about decking out the sanctuary with serious transcendent art work that stops us in our tracks, rather than ubiquitous prints of fat baby angels who look like they’ve got a good buzz going from too much Mountain Dew and children’s aspirin?
· Lose the Church’s “I’m in therapy for ever” feel. Yes, yes, we’re all a work in progress but the co-dependant, extended womb the Church has wrongfully created has allowed congregants to not get a life because of some difficult doo-doo in their lives. Sure life’s hard, little Sally, and the sooner, we celebrate the struggle the quicker we will draw men back to our houses of worship.
If the Church wants to recover its losses, we’ve got to draw the knuckle draggers back to church. Masculine men are pretty easy. Toss in reason, competition, initiation, struggle, fun and a problem to spiritually throttle, and we’ll be there like stink on a monkey. Blow off, suppress, and spiritually emasculate the environment of these holy testicular necessities and your church, as far as men go, will be more empty than an Oktoberfest in Hialeah.
My ClashPoint is this: if concerned conservative Christians want to improve our nation biblically, then the Church has got to eliminate its effeminate drift and re-establish a masculine base. Our times demand strong men: the Church must produce them, not repel them. The Church needs men, who start a ministry, start a business; get involved in politics, the arts and education, and who are not afraid of the secular thugs and pimps who try to keep Christians marginalized in a religious ghetto.
One last word for the young Christian man: Do you want to grow up quickly? Then leave mommy’s familiar, safe haven and venture out into the danger zone. As Leon Podles said, “Go find your Holy Grail; go meet the strange, meet the unfamiliar.” Protect people; lead people; rescue people. Fight inequities and absurdities. Beware, young man, of parents and pastors who want to “mother” you. Avoid the secure; Fear over-protection; and happily accept the masculine task of the patriarch, the prophet, the warrior and wild man.
Get to a place, young warrior, where pain is not a big deal, where you
embrace resistance. And by your example, you will encourage others to resist
self-doubt, squeamishness, indecision and the impulse to surrender and withdraw
into the warm, wet womb of Wussville.
Comments Below also written in -- 4/2004
The people that go to church as defined by scripture are supposed to be followers of Christ -- believers -- the chosen of God -- saved. I am not going to advocate a particular denomination or a particular set of believers regarding salvation. I am going to offer a study of the Greek word in the New Testament that is translated "saved"
The word Sozo is translated some 71 times in the New Testament as “saved.” and as a matter of fact every time you see the word saved in the New Testament it is the Greek word Sozo.
The Sozo means a lot more that "to save." It can be translated "to rescue," "to preserve unharmed," "to bring to safety." That shouldn’t come as much of a shock to people who read the Bible. However the definition of word Sozo does not stop there. Sozo also means "to cure", "to heal", "to restore to health", and to deliver (from demons).
And since you don't know me other thanbeing a long time freeper or what credentials I might have to make the statement above I will just let the scriptures speak for themselves.
Nine Times in the
New Testament Sozo is used for healing or deliverance from demons.
Matthew 9:21 "be whole" is Sozo
Matthew 9:22 "made whole" is Sozo
Mark 5:23 "May be healed" is Sozo
Mark 5:26 "May be whole" is Sozo
Mark 5:34 "be whole" is Sozo
Mark 6:56 "made whole" is Sozo
Luke 7:3 "and heal" – is Sozo
Luke 8:36 he that was possessed of devils was "healed" (Delivered) Sozo
Acts 14:9 "to be healed" –Sozo
I want you to see that the word sozo does not mean “saved” as in the “Salvation experience” that is bandied about by Fundamentalists.
The Great Commission to preach the Gospel to every living creature that is not the definition of the Greek word Sozo.
Sozo is salvation, Sozo is healing, Sozo is deliverance, Sozo is restoration. The word encompasses all of these.
Is there any wonder that people and places that preach and teach less than the full gospel, less than the full meaning of the greek word sozo "to be saved", are having less then the full results listed in the Bible among their converts?
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