We’re constantly told in this insane era that we must refer to another person by their “chosen gender identity.” But apparently this moral imperative doesn’t extend to the Almighty:
…the Diocese of Washington for the Episcopal Church passed three resolutions over the weekend at a gathering at Washington National Cathedral. Delegates to the 123rd Diocesan Convention moved within one hour to adopt proposals titled “On Becoming a Sanctuary Diocese: Offering Sacred Welcome to Immigrants,” “On Inclusion of Transgender People,” and “On the Gendered Language for God.”
The resolution about language for God emphasized replacing gendered references to God with gender neutral language and pronouns wherever possible…
The understanding of God and of language has evolved over time, drafters of the resolution maintained, and current gender roles inhibit such understanding.
Billy Graham once addressed this question, noting the modern tendency to want to blur this distinction is a dangerous one:
The answer to the question about why God is referred to in masculine terms in the Bible really has only one answer: This is the way God has chosen to reveal Himself to us. God is never described with sexual characteristics in the Scriptures, but He does consistently describe Himself in the masculine gender.
While God contains all the qualities of both male and female genders, He has chosen to present Himself with an emphasis on masculine qualities of fatherhood, protection, direction, strength, etc. Metaphors used to describe Him in the Bible include: King, Father, Judge, Husband, Master, and the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
One famous Christian scholar, C. S. Lewis, has suggested that gender is far deeper than our human distinctions reveal. He suggests that God is so masculine that we all are feminine in relation to Him. If this is true, it might explain why the church is referred to as the bride of Christ, though it is composed of both men and women.
As for being ‘inclusive’ of transgenders (one of the other resolutions), it’s worth noting that all are invited to repentance at the foot of the Cross. But repentance is based on acknowledging God’s authority over ours, and acting accordingly. In His Word God clearly states:
(Jesus) answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?
So in our National Cathedral, Satan is once again reprising his gambit from the garden of Eden: “Did God actually say…” Then again, it’s worth noting the entire founding of the Episcopal Church was due to an English king splitting the Church in part because the Pope wouldn’t grant him a divorce. In other words, defiance of Scripture was built into the denomination at the very beginning.
And we wonder why our nation’s in the state it’s in.