John Piper is right, of course. Christianity does have a masculine feel to it.
This is the hot topic right now but it gives far too much weight to anything that John Piper says. He throws things out there and many jump in line and march with him, while others immediately jump on top of it because it is so absurd.
I think he is playing a game with us. Let’s see. What new outrageous thing can I say today that will get everybody all stirred up and get my serfs all lined up behind me?
If the Pied Piper is not playing games with us, then he is a big time male chauvinist. However, we have to cede this point to him. Christianity does have a male feel to it. You can list the male leadership roles as well as I can but I won’t do it today because I get tired of the litany.
He is right that it does, but he is wrong in telling us that it should always be.
That is where Rev Piper leads us astray. There would have been no need for Jesus if the way things were being done, is the way they were supposed to be done. So we need to tell John Piper that same thing. Just because it looks like we want it to look, does not mean that we should still be marching to that tune.
Piper brings up what he claims are male attributes in the way that God deals with us. He sees God’s leadership as being male. Good grief, Piper! Haven’t you read Matthew 23:37 “How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.” Have you ever seen a rooster gather chicks under his wing?
Christianity has a masculine feel because we ignore the female side of God, who is a spirit and neither male nor female.
He says: “It’s the feel of a great, majestic God, who by his redeeming work in Jesus Christ, inclines men to take humble, Christ-exalting initiative, and inclines women to come alongside the men with joyful support, intelligent helpfulness, and fruitful partnership in the work.”
What is the humble, Christ-exalting initiative that men take? There is nothing humble about telling women that men are the big he-man leaders – like Christ, no less – while the women are their sideline helpers. That is humble? Admitting that women are equal would be humble leadership, but he is not willing to be that Christ-like.
Will you join me in falling out of the line that the Pied Piper leads, and begin speaking up for women? Speaking up for the women who have bought into this nonsense that they are born to be less than a full spiritual human being, that they can only find their worth under the headship of a husband?
Will you speak up and tell the John Pipers that the only leader women need is God himself? Does he really think that men get to follow the real Christ while women get to follow this christ-like husband?