Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Assault on Fatherhood

The Episcopals now say it is okay for their bishops to be women. Presbyterians now say the Trinitarian formula is sexist. The "Father Son and Holy Spirit" will now be replaced with "Rock Redeemer and Friend" or even "Mother Child and Womb".

What is going on here?!

Many people could spend pages picking apart different pieces of this puzzle.

Among the key points are the roots of Protestantism and its current application. If the Church of England can change its teaching on marriage because some of its members want a divorce, why not change its teachings on homosexuality or women ordination because some it its members demand it. If the Presbyterians could teach that alcohol was evil because its abuse causes problems, the same can be taught about fatherhood.

Take, for example, the 2,000 year Christian tradition against contraception and abortion. When the world cried out "sterililze us! sterilize us!" in 1930's, the Episcopals lead the charge by echoing Pilate "what is truth?...judge for yourself." Now, there is not one mainline protestant sect that upholds what the conjugal act really is or claims a preborn child has the right to life.

If you read the the mentality of many of the leaders in the Epicopal and the Presbyterian sects, it they are more concerned with maintaining membership and appeal than proclaiming the Truth. The above cited article on the Presbyterians says, "The Rev. Deborah Funke of Montana warned that the paper [defending the Trinity] would be ``theologically confusing and divisive'' at a time when the denomination of 2.3 million members faces other troublesome issues. "

At the core of all this is the identity of Christ. Is He God? Did He reveal the Trinity to us? Did He not teach us to call God, Abba, Father? Did He consumate His mission with His unblemished bride, the Church?

We will accept the premise that Christ is who He said He was- that is God incarnate. Otherwise, Christ would have either been a lunatic or a liar and all this talk is useless. So, resting on the premise that Christ is Divine, His Revelation must be taken seriously and safeguarded with the utmost care.

Christ did in fact teach us to call God our Father, in fact He taught us to pray "Our Father..." and to baptize in the name of the "Father Son and Holy Spirit".

Could this simply been because he was raised in a patriarchal culture? The Jews would not have accepted a baptism in the name of "Mother Child and Womb"...but really, isn't that what Jesus was really trying to teach us?! It just took us 2,000 years to get to the bottom of it...

What is at stake here is the very identity of God. We are trying to make God into our image, not live up to His image. While this reality may be diabolical, it is understandable.

Someone just told me that 94% of convicted criminals do not have a stable father. With divorce rate that is over 50%, most of us don't have a stable father. Our culture does not know what fatherhood is. So, to call God "Our Father" is very uneasy. If the term "father" brings to mind that fellow who ran out years ago, or the abusive guy who drinks too much, or the machismo womanizer... to associate God with this feeling will drive the strongest person to atheism.

Nevertheless, our bodies reveal what Fatherhood is and should always be. The male body reveals the act of giving while the female body reveals receptivity. The male body reveals his role as protector, defender while the female body reveals nurturer, care-taker. In the Creed, we affirm the "Father, the giver of life" who created all that is seen and unseen.

If we abolish God as Father, we in turn abolish our role with God as receptive to His life, His creation, to His commandments.

One last aspect about this whole mess is the Bride of Christ, the Church. She is our Mother! I am convinced the Trinity is being attacked by the protestants because of their mis-understanding of God as Father which goes right along with their mis-understanding of Church as Mother. The wedding feast of the Lamb and His bride the Church! This is misunderstood because, in part, of all the divorces that have taken place in the Christian communities. A new "church/bride of Christ" is formed every day. There are over 30,000 Protestant "churches". Clearly, Christ cannot have 30,000 wives- but only One!

It is the spotless bride of Christ who is our Mother. She is the one who takes care of us, who nurtures us with the Love of the Father. It is no coincidence that the Bride of Christ is the only one who vigorously defense the Fatherhood of God and the dignity of Fatherhood for every man.


Blogger -mike- said...

The presbys still have to baptize the regular trinitarian formula.

5:12 PM  

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