A while back, John Piper caused quite a firestorm when he argued that “God has given Christianity a masculine feel.” Today, Tim Challies responded with a thoughtful post from a different perspective. Challies is a well-known complementarian, so he doesn’t disagree with Piper’s understanding of how gender relates to ministry. But he does draw different conclusions about what this means for the nature of Christianity.
Even if you disagree with Challies’ complementarianism, this post is well-worth reading. Here’s the heart of his response:
Here’s the thing: Whatever masculinity and femininity are, they are equally downstream from God, collections of traits that flow from God himself. Whatever femininity is, it is a means through which a woman can reflect the image of God. Whatever masculinity is, it is a means through which a man can reflect the image of God. When a man acts like a man he is displaying the image of God and the same is true when a woman acts like a woman.
And he concludes with:
In the broad picture, both masculine and feminine thrive under the same conditions: taking joyful advantage of those beautifully ordinary means of grace the Lord has provided for our sanctification.
The post is worth reading to get a complementarian view that is nuanced somewhat differently from the “masculine Christianity” perspective that has been getting so much attention lately.