Naming God in the ELCA
Some ELCA pastors go out of their way to avoid using male pronouns and words for God. Some decide they will address God using female pronouns and words:
ELCA Bishop Guy Erwin tweets this:
In an article in the ELCA's Living Lutheran magazine titled, "God or mother? Both"
we read, “The metaphor of God the Father is not enough for me now. I now see God as the Mother.” (see here and see the end of this article for a response from Rev. Tom Brock)
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America seminary, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, posted an article that says this, “So we decided to appeal directly to the Holy Spirit and the power of God and wait to see what She did.” (see here)
The above tweet by First Lutheran in Lynn, Massachusetts, posts a quote from their pastor Pr. Jon Niketh's sermon (at the 7 minute mark):
“A God who is known by her handiwork… her creative genius… her wisdom and skill that gave birth to a complex and beautiful universe..." (see here)
8/20/2018 03:29:28 pm
Those who opt for no pronouns claim somehow to be "de-sexing" God or something like that. They don't seem to realize that more fundamentally they are de-personalizing him. One cannot imagine a personality without first assigning sex to that personality. There is no such thing a personality without sex. Its sex is the most distinguishing characteristic of any personality. The only things that come close are age and race. Just listen to any police report looking for and describing a suspect. It will typically say they are looking, for example, for a white male in his thirties, or something like that. To imagine any personality is first to imagine a man or a woman, a boy or a girl. "Parent," for another example, doesn't describe any personality, but one of two personalities (we human creatures all have two "parents"), and to know which one of the two is at issue, one needs first of all to know the sex.
George Timothy Rahn
8/22/2018 09:06:25 am
Good comments here. Thanks and keep on keepin' on here with the critique of the pronoun craziness in God language. Has Christianity forgotten about Jesus and Our Father in heaven? Seems so.
8/20/2018 04:51:01 pm
Jesus gets the first and last word on pronouns for His Father. Not that it matters to the we-know-better-than-Jesus ELCA, of course.
Dave from Minnesota
8/21/2018 11:40:38 am
Sounds like the ELCA is only a couple of steps away from replacing God altogether with a New Age religion. Where they worship Mother Earth. The remaining members will say they are “spiritual, not religious”.
8/21/2018 01:02:26 pm
Dave nailed it.
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