My short post yesterday has generated quite a discussion on facebook and twitter. So the question is What does masculine spirituality really look like? I thought that this was a good quote from Richard Rohr to consider as we grapple with this. Thank you Susanne for making me aware of it.
A masculine spirituality would be one that encourages men to take the radical gospel journey from their unique beginning point, in their own unique style, with their own unique goals – without doubt or apology or imitation of their sisters (or mothers, for that matter). That of itself takes immense courage and self-possession. Such a man has life for others and knows it. He does not need to push, intimidate, or play the power games common to other men because he possesses his power with surety and calm self-confidence. He is not opinionated or arrogant, but he knows. He is not needy or bothered by status symbols because he is. He does not need monogrammed briefcases and underwear, his identity is settled and secure – and within. He possesses his soul and does not give it lightly to corporations, armies, nation-states, or the acceptable collective thinking. Read the entire article
Maybe I am wrong but the only time that I see Jesus exhibiting violent behaviour in the gospels is when he was so upset with the moneylenders in the temple that he overturned the tables. There are no indications of violent behaviour towards people and in the garden of Gethsemane when one of his followers cut of a soldier’s ear he healed it – which suggests to me that he did not approve of this form of violence
Part of what disturbs me about the idea of fighting as an acceptable Christian practice is that it not only condones aggressive behaviour like cage fighting but it also tends to encourage very hierarchical and domineering forms of behaviour in both society and marriage. It is no wonder that some studies show that domestic violence is more common amongst conservative Christians than in the general society.
So what do you think?