I’ve decided to adopt the acronym which is this post’s title and use it in the future, both in posts and comments. I’m not sure if it is original or not; it wouldn’t surprise me if someone else thought it up before me.
Oh, as for what MCJDGI means? Simple enough:
Most Christians Just Don’t Get It
I chose that particular acronym because it was more civil and polite than some of the others I thought up. It doesn’t really roll off the tongue though, and I may choose another one if I can think up something that sounds better. But enough of that.
The reason for this post is founded in the simple enough notion that Most Christians Just Don’t Get It. They (most Christians) have no clue what is going on in the world around them, and make a mess of things when they try and solve various problems, either in the church or general society. I suppose I could say Churchians, instead of Christians, but I think even most actual Christians don’t get a lot. An excellent example of how MCJDGI can be found in the issue of pornography. While they understand it is a problem, their proposed solutions, and their understanding of why it is a problem, are sorely lacking.
Case in point: this article which Lori Alexander posted on her blog. Read it before continuing.
Now, set aside the obvious theological errors contained therein. [Of course there is a link between bad theology and the other errors, but ignore that for the moment.]
Set aside the unnecessary male bashing and the misunderstanding of the present marriage market (which are pretty much case in point with most Christians these days).
Focusing only on pornography, we can see from that small article that this Michael fellow Just Doesn’t Get It. He fails to grasp a simple enough truth:
Rampant pornography usage is a SYMPTOM.
That is right, a SYMPTOM. A sign of another, greater problem. Or several of them, as case may be.
Here is the thing: boys and young men have been looking at naughty pictures of various stripes for thousands of years. This is nothing new. The ease of access, and the life-like nature of it might be new, but the drive to access it is not new at all.
And offsetting all of that was the easy access in the past to prostitution. I don’t think we in the West understand just how ubiquitous prostitution used to be. Boys and young men didn’t have to settle for pornography in the past- they could get the real thing at a local brothel for fairly cheap. Let’s face it- most men have always needed an outlet for their sex drive. That is just the way we are wired. Teaching young men discipline and restrain can help a lot, but its not a permanent solution for most. Young marriage was the solution that the early Church taught, so as to help young men avoid the sin of fornication; too bad most Christians these days don’t encourage it (or even actively oppose it).
Of course, that only explains part of it. There is another cause at play here, another source of this particular symptom. And it happens to be the real problem. That problem that Michael Pearl doesn’t identify? A lack of strong fathers in the lives of young men.
When you get down to it, most of the deviancy or immoral behavior that he describes can be attributed to the absence of strong fathers in most Christian families. Sometimes this is because mom has kicked dad out (and brought in dad #2 or #3 or whatever). Other times the actual father might be present. But he is anything but strong. In most instances he is weak willed and incapable of exerting the kind of presence and influence over his son that is necessary to help the son build up true discipline. Most young Christian men have no masculine role models in their lives, and it shows. Without strong fathers to guide them, we should expect that many, if not most, young Christian men are going to go astray somehow.
Unfortunately, MCJDGI. They cannot see how this particular issue- the crisis of Christian fatherhood, is at the root of most ills in the church. And as long as they are blind to it (whether willfully or by ignorance), things are only going to get worse.