Joe Carter at the Evangelical Outpost has noticed something i’ve been noticing myself a lot lately. This weird idea of what it means to promote Christian masculinity. One of the most vocal proponents has been Mark Driscoll. Joe redirects to what i believe is the crux of the issue:
In fact, the type of men that Driscoll seems to admire most – wrestlers, “ultimate fighters” – are the very antithesis of Biblical masculinity. During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus praised the “meek” a word that in the Greek is used in reference to a “tame” wild animal. The lion, for instance, is able to lay down with the lamb precisely because he is not given over to his hyper-aggressive nature. Indeed, when Jesus talks about his followers he often refers to them as “sheep” – creatures that aren’t known for their ferocity. And when he gave the nickname “Sons of Thunder” to two of his disciplies, it wasn’t exactly high praise for their obnoxious brand of masculinity. It is difficult to square the Jesus of the Gospels with the hyper-masculine ideal that Driscoll and many others seem to hold. It takes an incredible leap of logic to conclude that since Jesus was a carpenter he would have enjoyed ‘Rassling.*
i understand what driscoll is trying to do, but it often feels like extremes.
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