STEP ONE: ELIMINATE MASCULINITY IN THE CHURCH
I’ve a confession to make. If you’re like me, you go to church, sing some hymns or spiritual songs, listen to a sermon, listen to someone else pray (except when you’re in a church that allows congregational participation) then go home and forget the experience.
Take this morning for example. The song leader extols the virtues of “He loves me” repeated many times. Now you could be forgiven for making a mistake on the meaning of these words if you did not realize the “he” meant Jesus. Otherwise it sounds just like any other romantic song.
And there, in the midst of the regular Sunday worship service, we sing and hear of the feminization of the culture — starting first in the church.
Ann Douglas, in her provocative book, The Feminization of American Culture, had this to say about Christianity and how churches were feminized. The hymns played an important part. After pointing out that “In Puritan days, congregations chanted ‘hymns’ which were drawn from the psalms,” Douglas comments that one of the problems of this was it “necessitated a certain disrespect for easy comprehensibility” (p. 217).
STEP TWO: FEMINIZE THE CULTURE WITH MUSIC
In the first part of this discussion topic, I highlighted the feminization of culture with hymns. Here, I want to look at music.
If your life is similar to mine, then we’ve both spent an awful amount of time trying to make up for a bad education. Public schooling was my background. It was not good. Here’s why. Being hostile to Christianity, public school secular education left out anything that might point to God. That, according to St. Paul in Romans chapter one, is most of the creation.
Now it is through the arts that the secularization and feminization of culture has received one of its strongest influences. I was never taught this at school, though. Based on faulty philosophy and faulty conclusions, education began the “dumbing down” process which continues today.
Step 3: USE MUSIC FOR THE MORAL REVOLUTION
In this series on the feminization of culture, I’ve wanted to get you thinking about communication. In particular, communication with music.
First, I highlighted how hymns were used to help eliminate a rigorous intellectualism in the church and replace it with a more emotional environment.
Second, I drew your attention to how music is an important ingredient in communication, and how we can contradict ourselves by having the wrong music with the right words.
One composer who understood this was Richard Wagner. Remembered often because his music was popular with German Nazism, it is also important to remember what Wagner contributed to musical development in another way. He contributed to a moral — better known as an anti-faith — revolution with his particular style of music.
Step 5: RADICALLY CHANGE THE THEOLOGY
This piece of historical information should get your mind racing!
In trying to understand the cultural changes of recent centuries, one has to look at religion. “Culture,” as Henry Van Til argued, “is religion externalized.”
Step 4: Preach Psychology Rather Than Theology
If you want to radicalize the church and feminize it, there is not much left to do after you’ve replaced the Psalms with hymns and accompanied the hymn with 19th century romantic style music.
A remaining task is to feminize the preaching, and that’s pretty easy to do. Now I happen to think there is a place for women in the church, and there’s even a teaching role for them. But, if only women do the teaching, you can be certain that some things in the Bible will be left out.