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Effeminate Gospel, Effeminate Christians

Every definition of masculinity into which our Lord Jesus Christ does not fit belongs in the rubbish heap.  Indeed, there could be no greater example of a man than He.  Contrary to modern portrayals, Jesus was neither a sensitive metrosexual nor a macho-macho man.  The tenderness that He displayed toward those whom He loved (including His enemies) was paternal and sacrificial, focused not on self-gratification or expression but on the real needs of those He came to save.  The Son of Man did not strut about flexing His muscles or cursing at His enemies, because He possessed the quiet confidence of One absolutely certain of His mission and did not need the approval of others in order to maintain that certainty.  Nor did He need to “be His own boss” in order to be a man (Isaiah called Him “God’s slave”), insisting, instead, that He came not to do His own will but the “will of Him Who sent Me”—His Father.  He resisted the temptation of Satan to perform a spectacular feat of strength by casting Himself down from the pinnacle of the Temple, choosing, rather, the way of the Cross.  This Man wept—for Jerusalem, for the family of Lazarus—not out of hypersensitivity or fear but because of His great love for a people languishing under the weight of their own sin.  Even in the hour of His torment in Gethsemane, He prayed for those entrusted to His care while...

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