Friday, December 14, 2012
STOP THE BULLYING - INCLUSIVE LANGUAGE LIES
STOP THE BULLYING
Stop the Lies Campaign
Inclusive Language Lies
#1 Fix the Bible
I thought atheists and agnostics were the biggest challenge to be confronted but have discovered a bigger group. - people who profess to be Christians but demand changes to Christianity. One example is the call for inclusive language changes to the Bible and church teachings.
Broadway United Methodist Church in Chicago has the following statement in its "Inclusive Language Policy" posted on its webpage,
"In terms of gender, it is clear that Christianity was born into a male-dominated society whose language reinforced such discrimination. In fact, the Christian understanding of God and God’s acts has been dominated by male-oriented imagery and language while ignoring complementary feminine images. The very survival of this feminine imagery is testament to its importance in the life of the church."
A cursory reading of this paragraph yields 2 immediate observations;
1) The concluding sentence contradicts the premise of the preceding sentences. If the female imagery was important enough to the church to survive then Christianity wasn't as male dominated as suggested.
2) We are celebrating Christmas as I write this. Preparations are well underway and have been since Thanksgiving. Christmas is the birthday of Jesus who is God incarnate, very God and very man. Mary gave birth to Jesus. Mary was a woman - A female. The church celebrates Mary's role in Christianity; some Christian groups go so far as to venerate her. How much more specific can a group get in demonstrating its admiration for females? A female gave birth to God's son. And BUMC is worried about too few 'hers' in the Bible?
Churches like BUMC are engaging in a campaign to bully Christianity into changing. It is all about a liberal agenda to promote feminism and homosexual rights.
It is time for Christians to stand together to oppose these bullying tactics.
The Bible does not need to be fixed.
BTW, in a future post I will enumerate the number of stories of key women in the Bible. Far from ignored females played key roles in the history of the Jews and in the development of Christianity.