Jerry Boykin, Executive Vice President of the Family Research Council speaking at a Men’s Prayer Breakfast at William Jessup University in Sacramento, lamented what he sees as the the effeminate portrayal of Jesus.
Boykin said, “When a man comes out of the womb he has ingrained in him, the instincts of a warrior” and went on to say that the reason for PTSD is that society has conditioned men to be more “effeminate,” rejecting their natural instinct to make war.
To Boykin, Jesus was a rough and tumble “man’s man,” someone who as a carpenter “had to come up this mountain which would just whip me to just get up that mountain. He had to cut the trees down and then he had to shape those trees […] and then he had to get them back down the mountain back into the village of Nazareth.”
Now he has turned the carpenter into a lumber jack and then a sawyer and a teamster. Wow, what a vivid imagination Mr. Boykin has! Perhaps he should consider a new career as a novelist.
He continued, “He was not only cutting the stuff but he was lifting heavy, heavy pieces of wood, logs and he was lifting stones.”
He then asked the audience what they think Jesus would look like, suggesting that he would have been a big muscular man — someone who is prepared to kick butt and take names, not “this effeminate picture we always see.”
“He smelled bad,” Boykin continued.
“Why? Because he sweated, he worked. You think I’m sacrilegious because I said Jesus smelled bad? No he was a man.”
Going back to his somewhat sexist mantra, Boykin said, “We feminize him in the church, he was a tough guy and that’s the Jesus that I want to be like.”
Unfortunately for Mr. Boykin, the Jesus he wants is not the Jesus that is described in his Bible. The Jesus described in the Bible did not teach the hatred, intolerance and misogyny taught by the church. He taught tolerance and love and respect for women. He was not Boykin’s idea of a man’s man any more than his idea of a man’s man is a real man.
Watch some of his remarks in the video below.