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The Emasculate Conception

I know, bizarre title. But hopefully you’ll see why I chose it, even though it’s really about a misconception.

I refer to the often-heard whine that the churches/ Bibles/ Christianity has become “emasculated”. A rather pathetic example of this “manly-man” mentality is found Here. It would be comical if it were not someone’s actual view. But such misconceptions are common and need to be addressed.

Let’s address it with scripture:

2 Cor. 11:2 I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.

Eph. 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

Revelation 19:7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.

Revelation 21:2, 9 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

Neither Jerusalem nor the Church is ever portrayed in masculine terms, but instead in feminine terms as these scriptures show.

Tell me, manly men, how you can “emasculate” a bride.

You don’t like “church”? Neither do I. But my reasons have to do with the whole pagan paradigm that tradition has called “church”. On the other hand, the “manly man” objection is how “effeminate” the churches are. Yet incredibly, the vast majority of these churches are run by men who refuse to give up their positions. So we have men running clubs for ladies, and the men don’t like it. They want the Bride of Christ to be manly!

Whatever, Bubba. Start your own men’s club and call it church. Put spittoons in the aisles and leather on the pews. Hang some deer heads on the wall and never plan services on Sundays during game time. Then drag your women to “church” by the hair and make them smell your manly cologne. Or just leave them in the kitchen to make snacks for game time. I really don’t care.

All I care is that Jesus loves me, no matter how that phrase irritates your manhood. I am part of this Bride of Christ. If you have a problem with how the Bible portrays believers, then you have a problem with pride in maleness, and you need to get over it. We are people, all of one Body, and you still can’t say to the other parts, “I have no need of you!”.

For the umpteenth time, females accepting the Bible’s clear teachings of equality is just that: equality. It is not a quest for power or position; those are things male supremacists crave. Jesus died for us as well as for you, and proclaimed freedom for us as well as for you. “Not so among you” is an indictment against both male supremacism and the clergy/laity class distinctions of tradition and history.

Posted 2008-02-11 under Worship, Organization, male supremacism, emasculate, conception, bride of Christ