…of the continuing rhetorical battle between different camps in the church.
One group objects to male language about God.
Another thinks that attempts to be sensitive to language is simple political correctness and not at all a means for inviting the former group into conversation.
Both sides are convinced of their “rightness,” and in the strength of their belief, there often isn’t much room for grace.
At what point can each side recognize what’s at stake for the other,
and while they may hold their own views of how to talk about God
be willing to embrace the other’s in the recognition that
NONE of our words fully embraces the nature of the one we worship?
“Political correctness,” cuts both ways, when you think about it.
The right often throws out the term against the left,
but in fact the right has their own form of political correctness
in suggesting that the left’s words are without value and/or purpose.
The conversation is all about politics – on both sides – and ultimately becomes an argument about rightness and wrongness.
And in the interim,
people continue to flee from those crazy church people
who major on the minors and fail to address the concerns of the real world.
God forgive us.