An Effeminate Christ



I came across a song a few days ago that prompted me to talk about this. The song is called "No Room" by Lanny Wolfe. I have put in bold the particularly troubling lyrics and in italics you will find the exact words that discouraged me.

No Room

No room no room for Him

No room to let Him in

No room for Jesus

In the world He made no room

No room for the King of kings

Room for others and for other things

No rooms for Jesus

In the world He made no room

Room for houses lands and pleasures

Room for things that pass away

But for the One who reigns forever

There's no room today

No room no room for Him

No room to let Him in

No room for Jesus

In the heart He made just for Him

No room for the King of kings

Room for others and for other things

No room for Jesus

In the heart he made no room

Room for houses lands and pleasures

Room for things that pass away

But for the One who reigns forever

There's no room today

No room for the King of kings

Room for others and for other things

He just keeps knocking but he hears you say

No room


Let me begin by saying: What a pansy Jesus we have constructed in our modern evangelicalism. There is no wonder why so many leave the faith or refuse to join it. When we make Jesus out to be a begging savior who would give anything if you would have him in your heart, we strip him of what makes him King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Jesus does not need to give anything more for you to welcome him into your heart, he already paid that price at the cross. However, week in and week out we preach from our pulpits that Jesus is begging you to ask him into your heart. Nowhere in scripture are we commanded to "ask" Jesus into our heart. In fact, most salvation passages and parables show Christ initiating the saving.


Jesus is Lord of all, especially your heart. When he knocks, it is a complimentary "I'm kicking this door down, get ready." It's kind of like your friends that come to your house a lot. They knock as they are opening the door. You do not have a choice to tell them to wait under the carport. It's done. The difference, however, in your friends barging in and Christ kicking down that door is at the end of the night your friends get through handing out the "okay we will holler at yall laters" about 3 times and they leave. This friend does not leave. This friend takes up residence. In fact, this friend now owns your house. He tells you that your living room arrangement is depraved. Your counter tops have sin staining the surface. Someone also forgot to flush so it smells like dung. Before you know it you will be vacuuming everyday, repainting, and throwing out all the garbage you have been hoarding that you no longer need. (Yes there is a spiritual analogy here.) I can assure you with 100% confidence that Jesus has never knocked on someone's "door" and waited patiently only to hear, "I'm watching the Yankees! Get out of here Bozo!" Christ always has a key to that door. That's what you get with this Savior. But, this is not the savior the larger evangelical community has told you about.


Aside

Where did we get the terminology of Jesus knocking on the door of our hearts begging for us to open up? To the best of my understanding it comes from Revelation 3:19-20:


"Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me."


But again, we have to always be sure that we are taking scripture in context. You can read the entire section on the Laodicean church and know that this is not talking about the doors of your heart and coming in for salvation. Why? Because the heart isn't mentioned. Christ is talking about restoring fellowship with the Laodiceans, not giving them salvation.


Continued


The Jesus that the world sees, because the church has allowed and even promoted his true nature to be distorted, is the hippy flower child, hair going halfway down his back, vegan, fair trade, local sourced, Woodstock looking individual. By the way, why do we tend to paint Jesus with long hair so much? Anyone ever wondered why Jesus had long hair if His Spirit expressly says through the apostle Paul, "Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him,"? Serious question. Seems counterintuitive. Do we seriously wonder why men have increasingly grown cold towards the church and Christianity? *In Western Civilization, statistically proven*


Men want leadership. They want masculinity to look to for example. Jesus was not the "modern man." He was tough. He also happened to know how to love and care for people, something our modern men that are actually tough don't know how to do. They refuse to let down their guard. "No way am I calling that baby cute, I'd rather be dead in a ditch." Suit yourself, the baby is cute. When we bid men to take up their cross we bid them come and die. Not come and be part of a hippy movement. We bid them to put to death that sin which held them captive. We bid them to lead their families in a Godly way, not an overpowering, male domineering way that the western movies construct. You aren't supposed to be John Wayne to your wife and kids. You're suppose to be like Christ. And when we continue to construct the image of Christ, King of all that is, the great unchangeable I AM, as this effeminate, limp wristed beggar of souls, we dare not be surprised at the outcome.


Men are drawn to leadership. That's why good leaders are so magnetic. You will not find an effeminate man that draws a large following. Steven Furtick appeals to men because he is "hard" and lifts weights and appears grungy and masculine with his fresh hair cuts. That was on of the big draws of Mars Hill and Mark Driscoll regardless of everything that came out of that culture. We will never draw men to the church preaching and teaching an effeminate Jesus. (Likewise, we will never draw good men into the body of Christ by promoting Jesus in a MAGA hat riding a bear on Facebook.)


Let me leave you with this thought: Why are our men more likely to listen to Joe Rogan, Jocko Willink, or anyone with a mic on a Ted Talk than they are to listen to their local pastor? Because those guys are extremely masculine and generally offer them ways to be successful in a tumultuous world. They are highly practical. Our modern pastors don't generally get practical. I thank God that I have two pastors who are always giving application for their sermons. They teach me and the rest of their flock how to apply the word of God in all of life, because the Word of God applies to all of life. God gives us everything we need to live a joyful life, a successful life, in His Word. And that's not prosperity gospel, that's the truth, Bucko.


Much more could be said concerning this topic, but I thank you for reading this short piece.


By grace,

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