Let’s be honest. When Christian communities bequeath massive amounts of responsibility to their pastors and effectively cut off all chances at healthy/accountable relationships, pastoral ministry tends to attract the narcissists like sharks to blood and moths to flame.
If you’ve never heard of the “infantilization” of women, allow me to introduce you; it is an incredible phenomenon by which our society systemically equates femininity with things like vulnerability, submission, uncertainty, and childhood. To be womanly today is to be, in many senses, infantile (cf Codes of Gender).
We are making men and women out of babies. I know that’s eventually the point, but we’re doing it entirely too fast. What is worse, our society rushes us out of childhood only to spend the rest of our lives convincing us that we’re too old. Where’s the love?
In the past eighteen days, five million “25 things” were sent out on Facebook. They are a testament to, in my opinion, the all-pervasive self infatuation that defines our culture (for those of you that fill these out, please do not take offense to what I have to say- for no self survey is necessarily bad, but we do need to consider something here). Read more “125 Million Things”