Here’s just one reason why we host a men’s retreat every year focused on masculine spiritual leadership:
Every time I breathe You seem a little bit closer
I never want to leave
I want to stay in Your warm embrace
Oh basking in the glory shining from Your face
And every time I get another glimpse of Your heart
I realize it’s true
That You are so marvelous…
And I am so in love with You
(from the song “Every Time I Breathe” by Big Daddy Weave)
The word “God” belongs where the ellipsis is. But take that word out, and this pretty much sounds like a love song that a man would sing to a woman. And it’s just weird to sing to God the same words you would sing to a woman.
Should Christian men love God? Yes. Should we cultivate a healthy, affective faith – one that involves our hearts as well as our heads? Yes. But think about it: would a godly man sing these words to another man? Naw. And Jesus is a (resurrected and glorified) man. So why would we sing songs to him that we would never think of singing to another human man?
In a day and age when this is a “normal” Christian song, it should be clear that we have some work to do in order to recover a healthy, biblical, masculine spirituality.