I frequently hear Christians bemoaning the “feminization of Christianity.” The absence of men in the modern church is often attributed to this trend. If anecdotal and personal evidence has any weight at all, there would seem to be some truth to their concern.
This quote from Oswald Chambers’ diary makes me wonder, however if this is only a recent problem:
“Today I met a group of people I am not at all drawn to. There is the stamp of the effeminate and sanctimonious about them which is languid. They carry large Bibles and speak in extravagant terms of ‘such a lovely man, a sweet man of God, dearly beloved brother so and so.’ To put it in rugged language it is enough to make a fellow ‘puke.’
“One man gave a Bible reading on ‘The Lord for the body,’ mildly apologetic and very diffident — ‘Really, don’t you know, it would be such a savour to the Lord Jesus if you were to be sanctified,’ this said with clasped hands and a sweet inoffensive smile and then you have a faint impression of this ambassador of the King of Heaven to men and women entirely in danger of becoming children of the Devil.
“Some of these missionaries are afraid of the Oriental Bible School and its strong advocacy of holiness, uncompromising and manly. It is amazingly interesting to see all this from a spectator’s point of view, and am sure God must enjoy and pity it. Oh, He’ll forgive them, for there’s nothing much to punish. Had a very good talk with Mantle (another missionary) What must he think? It is strange if he does not pity these unsexed namby pambyists.”
Oswald Chambers: Abandoned to God
Taking into account the meaning of words in 1907, it would seem that an “unsexed, namby pambyist” Christianity is not a new phenomenon.
But what is the solution? I don’t believe it is a super dose of testosterone or a return to a caveman mentality. I do believe a “strong advocacy of holiness, uncompromising and manly,” would be a great step in the right direction. Christian men who are committed to personal holiness, leading their families to Godly living, and not ashamed to boldly call others to the same standard would do more for the church than a thousand stadium-filled, male-bonding sessions.
What is your perception of this problem, and are there any solutions?