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Many churches emasculate men
“To hear religious people talk, one would think
God created the torso, head, legs and arms,
but the devil slapped on the genitals.” Don Schrader
Why is it that many church buildings are designed primarily for women and children, but very little space is set apart for high-testosterone guys like me? I am serious! Give me a good reason – please. I get nervous when I am in a church because it is so solemn, and I am not wired for serenity. There is nothing in the Bible that says a place of gathering and worship must be solemn.
I am not suggesting that all churches redesign their interiors to look like a sports bar, but a little modification might make them more accommodating to those guys who feel like they do not belong. I have never yet been in a church that has a sports room. They have arts & crafts rooms, Bible study rooms, libraries, and kitchens – but no special place for rugged guys.
A lot of men do not want anything to do with Jesus because historically most churches have tried to feminize the male gender. Pitifully, the clergy cannot figure out why so many men stay at home while their wives bring the kids.
Jesus Christ was a carpenter, not a florist (not that there is anything wrong with being a florist). Jesus’ very first miracle was turning water into wine at a party. Yes, Jesus was at a party. Jesus’ disciples and apostles were fishermen and businessmen, not harpists. Yet the inside of most churches are feminine in nature. Most churches teach that the man in the family is to be the faith leader, yet they create an atmosphere more accommodating to women.
By God’s design, men have needs that are more adventurous and exciting than those of women. When it comes to movies, men like shoot-em-up bang-bangs and women like warm & cozy. Men like flowers, but they prefer guns and fishing rods. Pastors warn men not to drink, smoke, cuss, gamble, or look at women lustfully. That is like telling a fish not to swim. Let us talk about reality and moderation – not guilt.
Wild at Heart
The most revealing book I have read regarding the Church attempting to feminize men is Wild at Heart by John Eldredge.
An author, counselor, and lecturer, Eldredge was a writer and speaker for Focus on the Family for 12 years. He is now director of Ransomed Heart Ministries, a teaching, counseling, and discipling fellowship devoted to helping people live from deep within their hearts.
Wild at Heart is a book for guys just like you and me. Eldredge is adamant that men need adventure more than we need security, big houses, fancy clothes, and even our politely reserved church pews. He insists that most men have become civilized to the point of over-domestication and because of this they are merely existing rather than pursuing the adventure and excitement that was planted in their hearts by God. John blames part of this problem on the established church, reminding us that church leaders have traditionally focused only on promoting morality and niceness. He also blames the fear of failure for our obvious lethargy. He is emphatic that spiritual fulfillment is more than just becoming religious.
Wild at Heart bulges with Biblical passages reinforcing Eldredge’s convictions that we are given permission and even expected to be all that we can be, while utilizing our Creator’s divine guidance. He also makes it very clear that we can be simultaneously moral and responsible while being bold and daring. I chuckled when I read C.S. Lewis’ quote, “We castrate the gelding and bid him to be fruitful.” As a reader, I was pleased that Eldredge calls a spade a spade. What I enjoyed most is the humorous way Eldredge shares his own failures, indecisions, fears, weaknesses, and wimpiness. He is a man with whom I can definitely identify.
Churches insist that the men change their hormones, rather than admitting that churches must change.
I have read several books on biopsychology, and James McBride Dabbs and Mary Godwin Dabbs’ Heroes Rogues and Lovers was the most compelling. This comprehensive book presents thorough and conclusive studies:
Social psychologists explain people’s behavior by their backgrounds, surroundings, and personalities. Over the past decade I have done this, but I have added testosterone and other hormones to the usual social variables. My students and I have studied testosterone measures from more than eight thousand men, women and children, and I am convinced that what we and others are learning will fill a gap in our understanding of social behavior. Prologue xvi
It is clear that testosterone affects our bodies in many ways, but some people reject the idea that testosterone has important effects on how we think and act. This latter view arises in part from the political philosophy that all people are created equal, at least in the eyes of God and the law. If we are created equal, it is said, then important differences among us must come from education and experience. In this view, biology and testosterone do not matter much, and studying them will only distract us from more important issues of human justice. I have a different view. I agree that education and experience are important, but I think biology is important, too. It is obvious to me that we are biological creatures who live and die according to the rules of nature. Illness wears us down. Bad food shortens our lives. Genetic disorders cloud our judgment. Chemicals affect our moods. When people say testosterone is unimportant in the study of human affairs, I think they are speaking more from bias than from evidence. Page 19
Research establishes that high-testosterone men are more likely to have misbehaved in school as children, get into more trouble with the law as adults, use drugs and alcohol more frequently, and have more sex partners than men with low testosterone.
In their research, Dabbs found that trial lawyers had more testosterone than all other lawyers. Construction workers and prison inmates had high levels of testosterone. Ministers and farmers had low levels of testosterone.
As Christians we should learn more about the chemical makeup of the body and its contribution to our behavior, rather than pounding on the lectern instilling guilt for being human. Of course, environment and circumstances have a major effect on one’s desires and behavior, but hormones are an important contributor. The church is pushing good men from Jesus!
It is time for a change. I do not feel it is the purpose of this book to determine what changes should be made, but I suggest that all Christians pray for divine guidance as to what improvements should be implemented to attract more men into Jesus’ Church.
 Admittedly, this is a sexist chapter—and it is meant to be.
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