When I first heard Vicky Beeching’s music, I knew she was different from your average modern worship songwriter. Her songs have substance, reflection, and biblical insight. One of my favorites is her “Great is Your Glory,” which is very gospel-centered and nearly creedal in tone. It’s marvelous. Beeching is an equally formidable thinker in the area of worship, church, theology, and culture…something you cannot say about many, if not most, modern worship songwriters. I respect and appreciate her insights.
If you are not familiar with the ongoing debate, it is whether or not modern worship has been “feminized” such that men feel uncomfortable singing the standard fare of the evangelical mainstream. Put another way, men struggle in singing mushy things like, “I love you, Jesus,” or, “God, you are beautiful.”
Beeching has weighed in, and she has a special perspective worth listening to. She is a relatively high-up woman in the modern worship world. Here is a bulleted summary of her challenges to the “feminization” claim, but please read her whole post rather than just reacting to these:
- Wasn’t David actually a very emotional singer and songwriter, modelling what godly masculinity looks like?
- “Jesus wept” is the shortest verse in Scripture. It packs a real punch. Could manhood actually be about owning and being secure in your own feelings and expressions? Jesus was pretty emotional.
- Why were so many people’s #MachoWorship suggestions about beer, DIY, shooting, hunting and fighting? Are we overlaying our skewed ideas of masculinity onto what godly men should be like? Have we been influenced by the ‘Cage Fighter Jesus’ that certain theologians peddle?!
- Song of Songs was written by Solomon (i.e. a man). Is that not evidence that godly men are able to express themselves freely in emotion and words of love and affection?