A new prayer is being formulated by the Episcopal Church. An early copy was leaked. That copy found its way into my hands. I put it here for your judgement.
Our entity which art, in our judgment, a presence in the universe, why did you assign the gender of male to Jesus at birth, when you must have known this would have caused angst and turmoil to early Twenty-First Century progressives?
Did you not know he—we are forced to use the masculine pronoun, for which we apologize to our listeners—would tell his (again, sorry) followers to pray “Father, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come.”
Father! How could he (again, sorry) know such a thing! When it is clear to us, situated as we are in 2018—-2018!—that you cannot be any gender at all. We know this because we now know, since it is the Current Year, that we can be any gender we like. Even genders never heard of before.
Help us, glorious entity, which may be a projection of our own enlightened selves, to fix this abominable situation. Teach the world of the infinity of gender!
Strong words. Maybe they’ll tone it down a bit in the end. We’ll have to wait and see.
Work is ongoing. Reports are that
The Episcopal Church formed a committee Wednesday to “provide a pathway” toward revising the Book of Common Prayer to include gender-neutral language.
Church leaders called for immediate revisions to correct the “overwhelming use of masculine language” throughout the book, arguing that the language is now a hindrance to spiritual inclusion, according to the Episcopal Church website.
“As long as ‘men’ and ‘God’ are in the same category, our work toward equity will not just be incomplete. I honestly think it won’t matter in some ways,” Wil Gafney, a professor of the Hebrew Bible and strong advocate for the edit, told the Washington Post
The Episcopal News Service shared further concerns from church leaders that the current language has created a “barrier to evangelizing young people.”
Interesting strategy. If young people are turned off by Truth, bend it, or adapt it, or paint over it a bit. That’ll turn them on, and surely bring them, and their donations, surging into the pews. Right?
And what’s more important to the young than pretending to be genders other than those assigned at birth?
The Episcopal Church has hard labor ahead. Because the leaked prayer is right. Jesus was a masculine man. The manliest man. It would, as it was, be impossible to write about this manly man without using masculine language. And it was, as the prayer says, Jesus himself—which is the only pronoun that makes any sense, given Jesus’s obvious blatant and even in-your-face masculinity—that taught us to say “Our father“. Indeed, he often spoke of God as father. Which is a masculine position. It’s in the job description, for crying out loud.
Therefore the only way to avoid hurtful masculine non-inclusive, and therefore exclusive, language, is to change it. Sure, any changes will shift Jesus’s words and meanings. But this is, again as the prayer says, 2018. If Jesus were here now, he’d probably watch his (again, sorry) words more carefully.
Well, you just can’t argue with that kind of logic.
The changes to scripture, which haven’t been leaked as far as I know, will likely be in an effeminate direction. Now effeminate is not the opposite of masculine; feminine is. While there is nothing in the world wrong with feminine language, there is everything wrong with effeminate language. It is squishy, sweet, and lawyerly.
But it is necessary—if you want to claim, as the Episcopal Church is now claiming, that two men (or two women, or two peoples of any gender) can be married to one another. Reports say
The Episcopal Church removed restrictions on same-sex marriage, a move that allows all couples to wed where they worship, even if their bishop disapproves…
Same-sex couples are already allowed to marry across most Episcopal Churches in the United States, but a few U.S. dioceses had not permitted religious wedding ceremonies for this type union.
Friday’s decision overrides previous decisions by local dioceses to not allow the liturgies, which currently includes eight of the of the nation’s 101 Episcopal dioceses…
No one spoke against the resolution during a short debate by the House of Deputies, the news service affiliated with the Episcopal Church said.
Well, and why would they speak against it? Once you gift yourself the ability to change scripture so that it conforms to Current Year thinking, why, the boundless pit is the limit.