Preferred Pronoun Confusion and God

One of the central tenets of Christianity is our aloofness to the idiocy of the world. We’re not to be conformed to the world. We’re to come out from among them and be separate. We’re to be on guard for the deceptions and lies of human philosophy.

If a person does this and has no “dog in the fight,” it’s fascinating to behold what sin makes people do. The irony of sin is inherent to itself–you desire to do what kills you–and the fruit of sin is equally ironic.

Here are two separate news items from our current sin-filled culture.

There is a new law in California about making people use transgender people’s preferred pronouns.

Among the unlawful actions are “willfully and repeatedly” failing to use a transgender person’s “preferred name or pronouns” after he or she is “clearly informed of the preferred name or pronouns.”

The law states that if provisions are violated, the violator could be punished by a fine “not to exceed one thousand dollars” or “by imprisonment in the county jail for a period not to exceed one year,” or both.

Near the same time that this comes out, we also have this news item:

The Church of England should stop using male pronouns when referring to God in order to counter the erroneous belief that the Almighty has a gender, the first female bishop to sit in the House of Lords has said.

Speaking before the event, the bishop raised the issue of God’s gender, saying: “We’re told that God created human beings in God’s likeness… If I am made in the image of God, then God is not to be seen as male. God is God.”

Instead of using either “He” or “She” to describe God, Bishop Treweek said she  prefers simply to use the word “God”.

Am I the only one who sees the irony?

Clearly the Bible, which Christians believe was authored by God, addresses God with male pronouns. Male pronouns, like “He” and “Him,” are God’s preferred pronouns. That’s how He wants to be addressed. He is our Father in heaven.

I thought we were supposed to use people’s preferred pronouns and that willfully not doing so was wrong? What gives?

I am so confused.

Yet I’m not.

Our world is insane.

If you have eyes to see and ears to hear, you will notice the insane everywhere. It becomes rather entertaining.

There is nothing new under the sun. The world has always had crazy people because sin makes people crazy.

We’re told that being rational is a result of having a materialistic, scientific view of the world.

The Bible tells us being wise/rational comes from the fear of God and listening to His Word, which is truth.

Stick with God’s Word, it abides forever. Humanity’s words are far sillier and far more temporal. Act accordingly.

6 thoughts on “Preferred Pronoun Confusion and God”

  1. How do I show respect for one person by calling her Mrs. Jones and not call a trans woman “her”. On the other hand, I’d love to look like Sophia Loren or Raquel Welch but don’t expect to be called Sophia or Raquel.

    How do we show love and respect for people while not agreeing with their sins?

  2. Indeed, that is the question!

    I have no simple answer, because it is dependent on love and Romans 14–what you can do by faith. If faith leads you to respect their pronoun choice, then respect their pronoun choice. If faith leads you to deny their pronoun request because to go along with it, for you, would be an accessory to their sinful confusion, then deny it.

    It’s different for who the person is talking and the person you are talking to. It depends on what you think the best tactic would be to win them to Christ, our ultimate goal.

    If, however, a person respects everyone’s preferred pronouns but not God’s, then that person is just being silly and should be mocked heartily. In love. For Jesus.

  3. Jeff, this post seems particularly relevant today.
    In Australia in an hour or two we find out the result of a government sponsored postal survey in which all Australians were asked if they approved of changing the definition of marriage to allow same sex marriages. (We’re clearly behind the times in the Western world).
    In more ways than one God’s created order is being opposed:

    So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them

  4. Yes, yet as we know, “There is nothing new under the sun.” People have been pushing such boundaries for generations. The only distinction now is that marriage has been handed over to the government so it gets weird in different ways. I think the church blew it when we handed marriage over to the government. I have heard of more pastors refusing to sign government marriage licenses and just have people get a “Christian Marriage” and ignore all the government stuff. Not sure about that, but I understand the sentiment.

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