There’s been a lot of buzz on the Web lately that’s captured in the phrase: “God has given Christianity a masculine feel.”
I am deliberately not mentioning who made this statement as it doesn’t matter. In fact, I think discussions are far better off when we clear away the clutter of human personality and focus on the ideas themselves.
Consequently, we shall not wax on (or wax off) about this minister vs. that minister and who said what. Instead, we will stick to the topic at hand. (The Blog Manager agrees, and she moderates comments. Take that as a hint.) 🙂
I don’t doubt that there is “masculinity” (or whatever you wish to call it) in the Christian faith.
God is our Father. Jesus was and is a man . . . “the Man in the glory” as the hymn goes. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were males. And there’s the biblical line of “sonship.”
Okay, fine. I get it.
But . . . God’s ultimate passion is for a girl.
His relentless desire is for a woman.
Consequently, Christianity has a feminine feel to it as well.
As I explained in From Eternity to Here, there is a particular woman who takes center stage in the Bible. She appears in the opening pages of Holy Scripture, she appears all throughout the middle, and she reappears at the very end.
Jesus Christ, your Lord, gave His life for this woman and forsook everything to have her. A line from a song I wrote years ago says, “And for her hand He was crucified, and in His bosom she’ll reside.”
This woman is the very fiancée of the Son of God, and He’s waiting to marry her. She is His bride now, but at the end of the ages, she shall be “the wife of the Lamb” as John put it.
Interestingly, the closing words of Scripture are uttered by her. So she (along with the Spirit) have the last word.
In short, God is full of fire for a woman. She is born in heaven, but she has her feet on earth. And our Lord has unleashed the fury of His love upon her. Even today, He seeks to blind us with His passion for this girl.
Some years ago I delivered a message in Ireland expounding these thoughts entitled, Who is this Woman? God’s Ultimate Passion
You can click the above link to listen to it. It’s not a long message.
You may also find the four related articles of interest as well. Each one shows how central women were to the New Testament story and in the heart of God.
God’s View of a Woman – a blog post that needs no further explanation beyond the title.
A Farewell to Self-Righteousness – a post written in honor of our sisters in Christ.
Reimagining a Woman’s Role in the Church – an essay dealing with the two “limiting passages” that appear to restrict women functioning in the church. It also contains a full survey of women in ministry throughout the New Testament.
Diary of a Desperate Samaritan Woman – the Samaritan woman tells her story the evening after she met the Savior at Jacob’s well.
All told, let me close with one overarching statement. I think if we frame Christianity in feminine vs. masculine language, we lose our way. The truth is, Christianity has a JESUS feel to it. It also has a JESUS aroma to it. And Christ and His Bride are united.
Let that marinate a bit . . .