From a reader…
Is it proper to refer to God by using the pronouns he/she? They argue God is both genders… heretical?
GUEST PRIEST RESPONSE: Fr. Tim Ferguson
The current zeitgeist (and what a geist it is) seems to indicate that folks have the right to be called by whatever pronouns they prefer – reality be damned! If a man asks to be referred to as “she” or “her,” our soi-disant cultural betters wag their angry fingers at us when we stumble, confused by our silly obsession with plain facts, and call him, “him” (oh drat, there I go already. I meant to write, “call her, ‘him’”). If an individual of unknown and non-obviously apparent sex wishes to be referred to as “xe” and “xer,” woe betides the hapless realist who fails to acknowledge the neologistic pronouns.
In this age, lest we fall afoul of the societal salons, it would seem best, rather than relying on our own perception, to ask the Almighty what pronouns would be best to use in addressing the August Divinity.
Fortunately for us, we don’t have to ask. He (and I say “He” with confidence) has replied with gusto. In the Person of His Son, He has informed us that He prefers to be called “Father.” This same Son graciously refers to Himself as “He,” as He does the Father and the Holy Spirit. Lest we be horribly inconsiderate to Our Creator, it seems that we should best respect His explicit preference for the use of masculine pronouns in reference to Him.