The effeminacy of silence. American history demonstrates that American society has always approximated the overall tone of the Christianity generally practiced at the time. The effeminacy of silence, therefore, only mirrors that of the current milquetoast Christianity, one exacerbated by the female block’s ability to significantly neuter the male block. I have pointed out to numerous Christian acquaintances over the years how the Church should be livid over the indifference to fornication, divorce, “mutual submission,” etc., only to be met with indifference, even hostility. I truly believe the best strategy at this point is asking God to provide 300 Gideonite men to correct our course.
Great observation. A couple questions.
I know it is directed more to pastors and teachers. Do you have any suggestions or guidelines as to how the flock should engage? Particularly in terms of raising and/or responding to these issues on social media.
I don’t doubt your characterization of “. . .drag queens grooming the little kids, and the lesbian librarians who set it all up . . .” But I am curious whether you have any references or experiential knowledge (yours or other) regarding either the “lesbian librarians” or the “setting it up.” Or is it a stereotype of the “not-for-nothing-is-it-a-stereotype” kind? Again, I don’t doubt it. With my limited experience, I have seen no contradictions, but if I were to post this, I can be sure of some blow back. I’d want to point to something if I did share it.
David, here is enough indication to me that a deliberate play is being run.
Love the blog Doug! I am still kicking myself that I missed you when you were in Ontario. Keep up the great work! We are praying for you up here in Canada!
Wes, thank you.
Well, Doug, you’ve done it again. As I read this post I found myself pulling out a sword and running to the middle of town yelling, “”Who’s with me!!!” Only to find myself standing and yelling in the middle of town without any one around. And that seems to be part of the problem. Not only are guys unwilling to fight, they won’t even show up for the fight. I’ve always wondered what David and his mighty men would have actively looked like during such troubling times we live in. It would be fun to imagine their presence in a library during a drag queen fest. I doubt any books would end up being read.
As always, thank you for manly, godly, unashamedly Christian thinking.
Robert, thanks much
Re: The Effeminacy of Silence. My first read of yours so moved me I’d like to know if you can adopt me? Or at least can I send you money?
Family Policy Council of West Virginia
Allen, funny. Currently the only way to send money is to buy a dollar book from the Mablog store. Feel free to have at it!
Re: The Effeminacy of Silence
Your third paragraph from the end references how none of this fits anyone’s eschatology. The Church at Laodicea seems an appropriate picture of our apostate times.
George, I can meet you part way. Our current woes cannot be accounted for by any eschatology that doesn’t budget for periods of great declension.
I thought you were going to go in a slightly different direction in your Effeminacy of Silence post, but since you didn’t, I’m thought I would.
I think you left out a fourth party in the drag queen story hour events: the moms–and they are almost always moms—happily lining up to take their kids to the event, and then when it’s over posting the pictures on Facebook to show all of their friends who much more progressive and cool they are than the other middle-class suburban moms. Every time you hear a story about transgender kids, or drag queen story hours, or child drag queens, it is the mother front and center. If the father factors into the story at all, it’s nearly always as a reluctant tagalong.
Why? The first people men need to fight (and I of course do not mean physically!) in many cases are their own wives. I think too many men have basically ceded all decision-making around children to their wives, to the point where they don’t even know how to respond when the mother says their son has declared he’s their daughter so they have a girl now or announces she is taking the kids to roll around on the floor with a drag queen at the library on Friday. I don’t believe for a moment that most of these men like or believe in what is going on, but even within their own homes and with their own children men are too often not putting up a fight.
Lori, thank you. Yes, I think this is part of the equation.
I continue to enjoy your writing and appreciate the stands you take for Christ and for sanity in this world that seems to be relentless in rushing toward the edge of the cliff. I particularly want to compliment you on your ability to force readers to look up definitions, not the least of which is illustrated by your coining of the term “egalihomo.” While I was pretty sure it was a new invention (the word, not the concept) I had to do a search to be sure. Bravo.
Right now, I am not in a position to speak with my name attached, albeit not for fears from Big Eva (poor lass with her weight problem and all). Anyway (and not without some awareness of the irony involved), I wanted to say that I noticed a slight typo in your writing:
This sentence: “Imagine a fellow who has been a senior statesman in the evangelical movement.”
Corrected (apply your own lexical accoutrements as desired): “Imagine you are talking to R. Albert Mohler, Jr., Ph.D., the leader of SBTS, who recently un-signed the Manhattan Declaration and removed it from his own website in a display of the courage of Sir Robin.”
Of course, the parts after “who recently” are subject to your own desires, etc. For what it’s worth, there may be valid reasons for un-signing something, but unless I’ve seen something recently, I cannot imagine positive reasons for him doing so given our current context without involving unicorns or copious amounts of high-test ethyl hydrate.
W, quick question—I hadn’t heard anything about the Manhattan Declaration. Did you mean the Nashville Statement? And are you saying Mohler “unsigned” that?
Some unsolicited feedback. I have noticed a growing number of sub-30 year old readers of your blog popping up in my EPC circles. Lots, actually. They read you for many reasons, but things like egalihomo rank fairly high. Your book Future Men helps a lot, too. I tell you this, firstly, to let you know that your growing circle of “irrelevance” has taken on generational dimensions, but also to ask you a favor. I know your main audience for these posts is directed at the leaders of the PCA and the SBC, but you are assuming too much of your lesser read audience. Things like Revoice, Big Eva, and November are pretty serious inside baseball, and while us regular readers might be familiar with them, the plethora of new eyeballs or once-a-week readers aren’t. Just putting this on your radar as you write, so your calls to fight aren’t drowned in esoteric allusions.
BJ, thank you. Good to know.
Man-O-Man-O-MAN!! What else can one say? I have watched my husband stand up to the wusses many times (with me proudly at his side) and seen God use him in mighty ways. It is NOT easy but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Melody, way to be grateful for the right kind of thing.