“The Truth About Men” — Isn’t this Horrible Philosophy in the Church?
UPDATE Sept 2021: I have come to believe that Jeff Crippen does not practise what he preaches. He vilely persecuted an abuse victim and spiritually abused many other people in the Tillamook congregation. Go here to read the evidence. Jeff has not gone to the people that he spiritually and emotionally abused. He has not apologised to them, let alone asked for their forgiveness.
I was in the sporting goods store the other day and they had the local radio station playing. The following “song” came on, country western you know. I had never heard it before and as the song played and the crowd’s cheers and applause was heard on the soundtrack, I found myself appalled. Not so much by the fact that a country western singer wrote such trash, but appalled by the thought that THIS kind of philosophy about the nature of men IN THE CHURCH is more widespread than we might realize. Here are the lyrics. How many of these pathetic thoughts characterize the spirit of many men’s conferences and retreats. How many are actually held and assumed by church leaders AND USED AS AN EXCUSE FOR ABUSE? Domestic abuse. Sexual abuse. Men will be men, you know. Haha.
So here you go. Stand by to be nauseated and angered. [Tracy Byrd is the bird who wrote these lyrics by the way, to give the guy his due credit]. Wonder how many “birds of a feather” standing in pulpits or leading men’s ministries actually embrace these lines??
“The Truth About Men”
We don’t like to go out shopping,
We don’t care what’s on sale,
We just wanna sit with a bag full of chips
Watchin’ the NFL…
(due to copyright restrictions we are unable to post all the lyrics,
but we are not restricted from providing a link that provides the lyrics:
YouTube video of The Truth About Men with lyrics)
What is the “it” that is “gonna happen again”? Adultery? Abuse? Yes, the cycle of abuse is a cycle. It IS going to happen again. And Mr. Byrd did nail it, you have to admit — the abuser ain’t wrong, he ain’t sorry, and he’s going to do it again. Boys will be boys, you know. “Now let’s all go to church and stop yer whinin’ about me. Hey, isn’t there a men’s retreat coming up?”