Listened to a superb commentary by Albert Mohler recently on this topic, and just had to bring it to your attention…. it would appear that political correctness is taking itself to yet further extremes, pandering to the whims of the feminist minority who would prefer to remove any context of God being masculine. Their argument is that the patriarchial title of “Lord” was conferred by those who translated the scriptures in Victorian England and elsewhere, where this would have been the natural state of their own culture. English Lords were certainly men of high status whose very existence served to accentuate the lines of power between them and everyone else, so a perfect title to give to God at that time. They go on to state that this is no longer acceptable in modern day religious culture, and thus the term should be completely dropped from use both in scripture context and prayer.
As Stephanie Innes reports in the Arizona Daily Star, some churches have banished the word “Lord.”
From her article:
At Tucson’s largest Episcopal church, St. Philip’s in the Hills, the creators of an alternative worship service called Come & See are bucking tradition by rewriting what have become prescribed ways of worship.
For the faithful, that means God isn’t referred to as “him,” and references to “the Lord” are rare.
“Lord” has become a loaded word conveying hierarchical power over things, “which in what we have recorded in our sacred texts, is not who Jesus understood himself to be,” St. Philip’s associate rector Susan Anderson-Smith said.
“The way our service reads, the theology is that God is love, period,” St. Philip’s deacon Thomas Lindell added. “Our service has done everything it can to get rid of power imagery. We do not pray as though we expect the big guy in the sky to come and fix everything.”
First Congregational United Church of Christ in Midtown even has a different name for The Lord’s Prayer. They call it “The Prayer of Our Creator.” We do still use the word ‘Lord’ on occasion, but we are suspicious of it,” First Congregational pastor Briget Nicholson said. “Inclusive language is important. Our United Church of Christ hymnal does have hymns that will say ‘Father’ and ‘God.’ but the next verse will always then say ‘Mother’ and ‘God.’ It’s gender-balanced.”
I have to say I never cease to be shocked at where the Christian world insists on allowing itself to be led by humanistic attitudes and values. These are the sorts of people who would have most likely turned round to Jesus and said “I’m not going to submit to you – you’re a MAN!!” I’m a woman, but I’m also a highly fundamentalist Christian who takes God very seriously and when He has called Himself Lord more times than I can count (well, actually I got ESword to do it for me and it came up with a minimum of 8000 near enough depending on the version), I think it’s something we need to be extremely careful about changing. Once you start changing the Bible to suit sinful man’s desires, then you may as well just ditch it and go and join Wicca or some other humanistic/occultic religion which will better serve your humanistic desires!! If you desire to follow GOD then follow Him, and do it in the way He Himself has given for you to do so. He’s GOD for goodness sake – I truly wish people would start connecting with the enormity of His Being and start to respect Him a whole lot more than they do in our current generation. But the thing that really shocks me the most is that this heresy comes straight from a so-called Church – a body of believers who state they love the LORD, worship the LORD, are redeemed by the LORD, but who somehow can’t manage to actually call Him by His title. I’d love to see them stand in front of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth (or any other similar dignitary), and not call her by her title!! Anyone who knows me knows I’m a hugely informal person and prefer first names over titles, but there are limits to even my arrogance (as that’s what it really is!), and I’d stop long before I ever worked my way up the ranks to the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY!
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father [Philippians 2:9-11].
Then of course we have the others who are almost worse – those feminists who can’t even cope with a male Godhead, but who prefer to have Him known by something more feminine sounding. There are apparently some churches which again are taking this to the extreme in all directions, and changing prayer books, and as many hymns as they can by putting in feminine terms wherever a masculine one appears (either with, or instead of). Why is it of any interest or importance?? Well, for me, here’s one HUGE reason. It demotes God to the level of His creation for starters because we’re basically saying we can’t handle Him as He’s revealed Himself to us, and thus it’s also a form of idolatry, because we then (yet again) make Him into who we want Him to be and a Being we are much more comfortable with. Some feminists within the church bleat about how scripture was written for a misogynistic (sp?) predominantly male Jewish culture which placed women in a secondary (demeaning) role, and thus unappropriate for today’s culture. Well, all I can say to that is – if you’re one of those women who think that, think again! Ask yourself one hugely important question – do you believe that scripture is God’s Word to mankind? If not, well, read no further because your faith is most likely based on man’s words not God’s. But if you do – then recognise that God is absolutely and completely capable of ensuring that His Word says what HE wants it to say, and that if He had desired us to consider Him as feminine in any shape or form, then He would have had that thought running through scripture from the outset. He didn’t, so you DON’T!! And one final reason is seen in this information given by a Hindu:
“Subsequently, a synthetic harmony between the Motherhood and Fatherhood of God was developed by the Hindu religion; the people worshipped Sita and Rama, or Radha and Krishna together. PROSTRATIONS again and again to the blessed Divine Mother who is the source, substratum and the ultimate goal of all creation. The Mother is a mysterious, indescribable power of the Supreme Being. She is the dynamic aspect of the Supreme, Transcendent Being, which is infinity, eternity and ineffable peace, beyond the cognisance of the senses and the mind.”
So if you want to be part of worshiping another God than the One revealed in scripture, go right ahead and join in with all this Mother madness, but as for me and my household – we’ll stick with the Living Lord God of Israel thank you very much!!