God has revealed himself to us in the Biblepervasivelyas King, not Queen, and as Father, not Mother. The second person of the Trinity is revealed as the eternal Son. The Father and the Son created man and woman in his image, and gave them together the name of the man,Adam(Genesis 5:2). God appoints all the priests in Israel to be men. The Son of God comes into the world as a man, not a woman. He chooses twelve men to be his apostles. The apostles tell the churches that all the overseers—the pastor/elders who teach and have authority (1 Timothy 2:12)—should be men; and that in the home, the head who bears special responsibility to lead, protect, and provide should be the husband (Ephesians 5:22–33).
From all of this, I conclude that God has given Christianity a masculine feel.
I find this interesting for reasons of my own. Back in the day, when this blog was still relatively new, there were those who thought it had too much of a "feminine feel." Being in those days a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed young blogger eager to please (quit laughing, I really was), I didn't want to mess up the blog with my femininity, so I came up with an idea:
Me: If the men here could blog more, maybe that would help. Men of the blog: Sorry, we don't have time. Me: . . .
I never did grasp how I, as a woman, was supposed to create a "masculine feel" without help from men. So without knowing what else to do, I just had us keep doing what we were doing, and somehow things went all right.
Is there perhaps a lesson in that?
I'm not trying to be a wild-eyed man-hating radical feminist, I promise. (For 26 years, I've attended a church that believes and teaches that only men are to be pastors.) And I'm well aware that I don't have one hundredth of the theological knowledge that the Reverend Piper has. But I would humbly submit that, when we have a Bible that tells us, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Gal. 3:28, NKJV), maybe Christianity isn't supposed to have a masculine feel or a feminine feel. Maybe it's supposed to have a balanced feel, with everyone doing his or her part to worship, glorify, follow, and obey the One whom our faith is all about.