There’s been a lot written about the “decline of men,” the idea that economic and cultural factors are gradually turning more and more men into losers who have no positive, masculine, postpatriarchy r…
I don’t mean the Jesus who was turned into a convenient symbol of intolerance and hypocrisy by the militant atheist crowd, or the twisted version worshipped by the Westboro Baptist crowd. No, today is a boom time in the making for the real Jesus: the one who told men that the single-minded pursuit of wealth or honor or even “family values” is sure to leave the soul barren; the one who told men that they should never be shocked when they feel despair or feel despised, because there is no rest or repose for us in this mortal world; the one who told men what he told the paralyzed guy in Mark 2:9—and this is why I have that verse permanently inked on my skin—take up thy mat and walk.
Sorry Sarah, I replaced the quote you included (which was the second best one in the article) with my favorite one. It’s interesting to me that VICE would have someone write about Jesus, who is so uncool nowadays that maybe He now actually qualifies to be in their publication. Anyways, this is good stuff and was an encouragement to me.