Ze will have to get used to it, I guess.
If you think this is crazy, understand there are radicals in this bunch who don’t think it went far enough. There’s a pastor there who somehow discerns from Genesis 17 that God has breasts:
“If revision of the Book of Common Prayer is authorized, to utilize expansive language for God from the rich sources of feminine, masculine, and non-binary imagery for God found in Scripture and tradition and, when possible, to avoid the use of gendered pronouns for God,” the resolution stated.
“Over the centuries our language and our understanding of God has continued to change and adapt,” the drafters of the resolution stated, emphasizing that masculine pronouns “limit our understanding of God.”
“By expanding our language for God, we will expand our image of God and the nature of God,” they stated.
Some members of the clergy feel the radical measure did not go far enough. Rev. Linda R. Calkins from St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Laytonsville, Maryland, cited scripture that allegedly says God has “breasts.” According to her understanding of the verse in Genesis Chapter 17, when God tells Abraham “I am El Shaddai,” that means “God with breats.”
“Having studied much feminist theology in my masters’ degrees, I wrote a thesis on liberation and freedom and non-equality in feminist theology and existential counseling,” Calkins told the delegates.
“And I am still waiting for the Episcopal Church to come to the place where all people feel that they can speak God’s name,” Calkins continued. “Many, many women that I have spoken with over my past almost 20 years in ordained ministry have felt that they could not be a part of any church because of the male image of God that is systemic and that is sustained throughout our liturgies. Many of us are waiting and need to hear God in our language, in our words and in our pronouns.”
That last statement really summarizes their agenda, and it mirrors the agenda of many others who feign devotion to God but are really worshiping themselves.
Our language. Our words. Our pronouns.
She wants to make God as much like her as possible. When she talks about people who want to “feel that they can speak God’s name,” the obvious question is: What’s stopping them?
Drawing close to God is not about trying to make God more like you. It’s about the pursuit of holiness through submission to Christ Jesus so you can be more like Him.
Just because God is male and you’re female doesn’t mean there’s an extra barrier erected between you and Him. The only barrier between people and God is sin, and the only way past that is Christ.
One sin, by the way, is pride. One manifestation of pride is the idea that everyone has to conform to what makes you feel comfortable – and when I say everyone, I mean people, the church and even God Himself.
The nature of God is not so much that He’s “male” per se, but that He is the Father. That’s how Jesus always referred to Him. It’s how we distinguish Him from the Son and the Holy Spirit, even though they are all one and the same.
To reject something as innocuous as male pronouns in reference to God is to deny his role as Father. If you think you have to do that because your feminism has become so radical that you can’t even see virtue in a male figure, then what’s separating you from God is neither gender nor grammar.
It’s the anger in your heart.