Someone blogged this when it appeared...maybe Relapsed Catholic, but someone else sent it to me today, so....here it is.
If the Church wants to recover its losses, we’ve got to draw the knuckle draggers back to church. Masculine men are pretty easy. Toss in reason, competition, initiation, struggle, fun and a problem to spiritually throttle, and we’ll be there like stink on a monkey. Blow off, suppress, and spiritually emasculate the environment of these holy testicular necessities and your church, as far as men go, will be more empty than an Oktoberfest in Hialeah.
My ClashPoint is this: if concerned conservative Christians want to improve our nation biblically, then the Church has got to eliminate its effeminate drift and re-establish a masculine base. Our times demand strong men: the Church must produce them, not repel them. The Church needs men, who start a ministry, start a business; get involved in politics, the arts and education, and who are not afraid of the secular thugs and pimps who try to keep Christians marginalized in a religious ghetto.
I hasten to add, from an historical perspective that this is not a new concern. The greater affinity of women for organized Christianity, at least in the West, has been noted by observers and insiders almost from the beginning. In this country, thoughts similar to those expressed here were widespread in American Protestantism, leading to, among other things, a movement for "Muscular Christianity" and, eventually, the YMCA.