The Church of England Might Use 'They/Them' Pronouns For God Because In 2023 Nothing is Safe From Wokeism
Another one bites the dust. Christian Churches falling to wokeism, that is.
The Church of England is reportedly considering removing gendered language when discussing God, opting instead for the nonbinary "they/them." This would presumably also remove the phrase "Our Father" from the Lord's prayer.
\u201cThe Church of England is exploring whether to use gender-neutral language instead of referring to God solely with masculine pronouns, such as \u201cHe\u201d or \u201cOur Father\u201d \u2014 which would be a major change after millennia of prayer and teachings. https://t.co/nGxF9Cy2tH\u201d— The Washington Post (@The Washington Post) 1675889117
A Church spokesperson told Reuters, "Christians have recognized since ancient times that God is neither male nor female." And Reverend Chantel Noppen of North Wearside Parish told The Times, "God is not male. Certainly not the white cis male with a beard, sitting on a cloud we seem to reduce and limit God to so often."
No changes have yet been made to the church's official doctrine, although some priests have reportedly already made changes, referring to God as "they" or "them" and starting the Lord's Prayer with "Our Father and Our Mother."
On the bright side, there seems to be at least a little pushback. Archbishops’ Council member Rev. Ian Paul said, "If the Liturgical Commission seeks to change this, then in an important way they will be moving the doctrine of the church away from being grounded in the Scriptures [...] The fact that God is called ‘Father’ can’t be substituted by ‘Mother’ without changing meaning, nor can it be gender-neutralized to ‘Parent’ without loss of meaning. Fathers and mothers are not interchangeable but relate to their offspring in different ways."
The Church of England apparently doesn't take Jesus's own words, referring to God as his Father - not his non-binary gender-fluid parental guardian person - as enough evidence that we, too, should call God our Father. Not to mention, Jesus gave us the Lord's Prayer, beginning with "Our Father."
And Jesus is a pretty tough person to go up against. Y'know, given that he raised from the dead and is God Incarnate. Probably someone you wanna listen to.