Why Men Avoid Church Like Lindsay Shuns Sobriety

By / 28 February  2013

Screen Shot 2013-02-27 at 12.11.32 PMHave you ever asked yourself, “Self … why do churches  today look more like the lingerie department at Wal-Mart, than a battalion of  men poised to plunder the powers of darkness?”  Why do men avoid going to  church, and what can be done about it?

FOLLOW DOUG ON FACEBOOK. CLICK HERE TO JOIN!Certainly, the lack of men in church is not at all difficult to see.   Just open your eyes any Sunday morning and go to church.  Then, count the  number of ladies in the pews, and the number of men.  The result: you’re  slapped in the face with the Jose Cuervo-like reality that men are avoiding  church.

More and more, we are seeing fewer and fewer mature and responsible,  evil-challenging tripods who love leadership, the struggle and aren’t afraid to  boldly face an increasingly godless environment with conviction, power and the  love of God.

So why do most men avoid church?  Here’s the veneer stripped-away  answer: going to church for the majority of men is an exercise in unwanted  effeminacy.  Church, for most men, has not only become irrelevant; it has  also become effeminate.  Hanging out in church for most extra-Y chromosomes  seems unmanly and most men more than anything want to be masculine.

The current lack of strong men within the Church, both in the numeric and  leadership sense, has crippled our cathedrals and has helped devastate our  nation ethically.  The masculine spirit being absent from the pulpit, the  pew and subsequently the public square has not only slowed down the forward  progress of the Church, it has also weakened our nation’s morality, increased  our country’s secularity, and has assisted [owing to our absence] the lascivious  Left’s re-definition of life, sex, marriage and law.

So how do we regain the masculine spirit in our houses of worship?  How  do we gird the Church to press on with that which is holy, just and good?   How can we Christians fight the good fight honorably, for freedom, family and  the flag?  Here are a few things the Church can do:

· Put an end to preaching by cheesy, whiny, quiche eating, preening  Nancy Boys … right now!  It freaks us meat eaters out.   Get it?  Hire a pastor who throws off a good John Wayne vibe instead of  that Boy George feeling.  Know what I mean?  And cheer on “Pastor  Wayne” to serve up the solid meat of the scripture … the stuff that prods the  congregation to biblical maturity rather than prolonging their infancy.

· Ditto regarding the worship/music leader.  And make sure your new  testosterone laden songmeister is outfitted with weighty  worship music instead of the saccharine-laced slush we have had to  sing ad nauseam et infinitumfor the last, oh, 100 years.   That’s a pretty simple can-do ? Don’t you think?

· Enough with the Precious Moments prints and figurines — okay?   How about decking out the sanctuary with serious transcendent art work that  stops us in our tracks, rather than ubiquitous prints of fat baby angels who  look like they’ve got a good buzz going from too much Mountain Dew and  children’s aspirin?

· Lose the Church’s “I’m in therapy for ever” feel.  Yes, yes,  we’re all a work in progress but the co-dependant, extended womb the Church has  wrongfully created has allowed congregants to not get a life because of some  difficult doo-doo in their lives.  Sure life’s hard, little Sally, and the  sooner, we celebrate the struggle the quicker we will draw men back to our  houses of worship.

If the Church wants to recover its losses, we’ve got to draw the knuckle  draggers back to church.  Masculine men are pretty easy.  Toss in  reason, competition, initiation, struggle, fun and a problem to spiritually  throttle, and we?ll be there like stink on a monkey.  Blow off, suppress,  and spiritually emasculate the environment of these holy testicular necessities  and your church, as far as men go, will be more empty than an Oktoberfest in  Hialeah.

My point is this: if concerned conservative Christians want to improve our  nation biblically, then the Church has got to eliminate its effeminate drift and  re-establish a masculine bent.  Our times demand strong men: the Church  must produce them, not repel them.  The Church needs men, who start a  ministry, start a business; get involved in politics, the arts and education,  and who are not afraid of the secular thugs and pimps who try to keep Christians  marginalized in a religious ghetto.

One last word for the young Christian man: Do you want to grow up quickly?  Then leave mommy’s familiar, safe haven and venture out into the danger  zone.  As Leon Podles said, “Go find your Holy Grail; go meet the strange,  meet the unfamiliar.”  Protect people; lead people; rescue people.   Fight inequities and absurdities.

Beware, young man, of parents and pastors who want to mother you.  Avoid  the secure; Fear over-protection; and happily accept the masculine task of the  patriarch, the prophet, the warrior and wild man.

Get to a place, young warrior, where pain is not a big deal, where you  embrace resistance.  And by your example, you will encourage others to  resist self-doubt, squeamishness, indecision and the impulse to surrender and  withdraw into the warm, wet womb of Wussville.

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