oh, susie.

mjkimpan  —  June 15, 2012 — 59 Comments

‘calvin and hobbes’ was always my favorite comic strip growing up.  i’m not really sure why.  perhaps it was because i had a tall red-headed friend who bore a striking resemblance to the stuffed tiger in the comic strip.  or perhaps it was because i saw myself in the precocious, headstrong, adventurous 6-year-old calvin.  or perhaps something in my spirit resonated with the propensity he had to search for and exploit loopholes and flaws in ‘the system’ – most often to his own demise.  or perhaps still it was the divine irony of me enjoying a cartoon named after a 17th century political philosopher and (even more so) a 16th century french reformation theologian.

either way, it was funny.  here’s what isn’t funny ::

the current, ongoing debate within evangelicalism regarding some imagined ‘masculine feel’ of christianity.

wednesday night, a tweet from rachel held evans caught my attention, directing me to an interview by john piper (who infamously propelled this conversation to a new level in the blogosphere some months ago by declaring christianity has a masculine feel in the first place).  it’s entitled ‘more on the feel of masculine christianity.‘  i took the liberty of embedding the video for the purpose of context ::


piper’s most disturbing statement begins at 2:13 ::  ‘she will have a backbone, she will be articulate, she will be thoughtful (things we tend to think are male).’

[if the video won’t load, you can view the transcript here]


it’s no wonder, then, that both women and men are up in arms about comments like piper’s.  a nice compilation of voices from last week’s submissions to #mutuality2012 can be found here.  some of those voices are more than just a little upset.  they’re right to be.

it doesn’t feel good to be told you’re less than someone else. it diminishes and denies the image of God created in you; and that’s worth fighting for.

yet amidst the back and forth, fellow blogger, my critic and friend, daniel fick tweeted :: ‘feminists often treat men the exact way they don’t want to be treated. #irony #mutuality2012’  he’s right, too.

as is too often the case with controversial topics, the conversation all too easily slides down the slippery slope of healthy debate and dialogue and into a mud-slinging, name-calling battle in which i find even myself tempted to partake.  tempers flare, egos are bruised, feelings are hurt and insecurities exposed – on both sides.

so as the blog posts, tweets and books are volleyed back and forth between the complementarians and egalitarians  ::

i wonder when we’ll stop acting like children on the playground and celebrate the humanity in one another?  

frankly, the same question can be asked of the liberals and conservatives; the emergents and evangelicals; the democrats and republicans; the same and the different ::

what will it take for us to build bridges with those whom hold different ideals/beliefs/values and unite under what we have in common?

we’re not the first to struggle with this.  even in the 1st century the apostle paul reminded the galatians ::  for all of you who were baptized into christ have clothed yourselves with christ.  there is neither jew nor greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in christ jesus.

so…when will we – all of us – ‘get it?’  that’s hard to do…especially with people who think differently than me.  what do you think?