Thursday, June 22, 2006

In the Name of...What?

When Jesus urged his disciples to baptize believers in Matthew 28, he said to do so in the Trinitarian name of the "Father, Son, and Holy Spirit."

Apparently, Jesus' very own words are no longer good enough.

Delegates of the Presbyterian Church (USA), meeting this week in Birmingham, AL, voted to receive a policy paper on gender-inclusive language, which permits local churches to use alternative language in describing the Trinity.

According to AP religion writer Richard Ostling's report:

"One reason is that language limited to the Father and Son 'has been used to support the idea that God is male and that men are superior to women,' the panel said."

So if people misapply Scripture, that justifies changing the language of Scripture?

James Taranto, writer of Opinion Journal's "Best of the Web Today," takes a cue from Proverbs 26:5 when he writes:

"'Mother, Child and Womb'? That's even more sexist than the old patriarchal Trinity. We suspect God will be quite angry at the suggestion that she is no more than an Incubator. It ought to be 'Woman, Fetus and Body.' [Besides,] 'Rock, Redeemer, Friend' is much better, and it's easy to remember. Rock crushes Redeemer, Redeemer cuts Friend, Friend covers Rock."

Our methods must change, but our message? Never.

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