What can you even say about the United Church of Christ? They are now deleting the term “Heavenly Father” from their literature in an effort to be sensitive or something.
The Christian Post reports:
The left-leaning United Church of Christ now wants to be even more politically correct, and to do so its deliberative body has replaced the reference to “Heavenly Father” with the gender neutral term, “triune God,” in the denomination’s constitution.
“In the process of revamping its decades-old constitution, the Protestant denomination’s General Synod endorsed an eye-catching change: It deleted the term ‘Heavenly Father,’ replacing it with ‘triune God,’” Courier Journal reported Saturday.
Though a largely liberal denomination, the United Church of Christ has conservative sections which have objected to the amendment.
“Rejecting God as Father in an age of fatherlessness is unthinkable,” David Runnion-Bareford, executive director of Biblical Witness Fellowship, an evangelical renewal movement within the denomination, told the Journal.
“Inclusive language has been a long-term project in the UCC for at least three decades,” the Journal quoted the Rev. Greg Bain, pastor of Grace-Immanuel United Church of Christ in Louisville, as saying. It was a decision to use “a broader definition” of God, said Bain, who was part of the denomination’s national executive council until recently.
Now, we all know that God is not man or woman. But in the New Testament God is referred to as “Father.” And we do have Jesus referring to “his Father” such as when He says at the Mount of Olives, “Abba, Father all things are possible to you. Take this cup away from me but not what I will but what you will.”
Do we go back into the Bible and redact what Jesus said there? Or do we just ignore it?
And I’ve got to wonder, since we’ve lost “Heavenly Father” do we now get rid of the “Son?” “Son” is a male term. Shouldn’t we do away with it? Maybe we could just call Jesus “the offspring.”