I am guilty of liking to blog to much, and I must admit the problem is serious (see 3 Ways To Make Your Blog an Idol). Fortunately, I don’t think the Good Lord will allow me to get too good at it. Just the same, here I am writing a post when I should be in bed. Therefore, to make it quick, I am just using a comment I wrote.
I have a contrary disposition. So when the bluebird of bitterness wrote this in a comment, I just had to take the opposite view. What did write?
Christianity, being a patriarchal religion, is a tough sell to those of us for whom the word “father” does not conjure up any warm loving feelings. It’s no wonder so many people want nothing to do with it. Often it’s easier to think of God as Aslan or some other fictional-but-faithful representation of Him — that was how I kind of worked my way around to embracing Christianity in spite of my personal experience. (from here)
Well, I do think highly of C. S. Lewis. So if Lewis helped to embrace Christianity, I cannot fault her choice of guides. Lewis helped me too.
Nevertheless, I think Jesus loved both sexes, that He did not show partially. I don’t think God shows partially. So here is how I responded.
Christianity has the illusion of being patriarchal, but it can be an oddly tough sell for men. Think of an example often used in the Bible. The church is the bride of Christ. What man wants to be thought of as a bride?
Consider also that men are suppose to love their wives as Christ loved us. Women submit to the love of their husbands, not to the man himself.
Fortunately, within most men there is a deep desire to give their lives over to a cause. Unfortunately, most churches do not do a great job of portraying Jesus as the heroic figure He was. They emphasize the sweetness of love. They forget to emphasize that because He loved us, He hated and fought sin. He gave His life to save us from sin, and because of His resurrection on Easter we know we are forgiven.
Christian love requires us to give ourselves to a cause, nurturing the growth of those we love in Christ. That is hard work and often full of battle. It is no accident that the Apostle Paul said: “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). In this war, men and women fight their battles along side each other, for victory requires we love each other sacrificially as Jesus loved us. (from here)
What I think C. S. Lewis did for is present Christian theology and thought in a framework that was not prejudicial. Every church is provides a framework for the presentation of Christian theology. When we don’t like the church, we have difficulty accepting the theology. Like it or not, each of us possesses our own prejudices. So if we don’t like the frame, we will not like the picture the frame contains. Yet if we want to understand Christianity, we must try to understand the Bible. We must try to appreciate Jesus, the redeemer the Bible tells about. We must accept the fact that Jesus came to save sinners, not perfect people.
I added a few words. Oops!
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