Sunday, April 22, 2007

Well, At Least They're Honest About It!

From the Arizona Daily Star:

'Lord' is fading at some churches
By Stephanie Innes
Arizona Daily Star

At Tucson's largest Episcopal church, St. Philip's in the Hills, the creators of an alternative worship service called Come & See are bucking tradition by rewriting what have become prescribed ways of worship.

For the faithful, that means God isn't referred to as "him," and references to "the Lord" are rare.

"Lord" has become a loaded word conveying hierarchical power over things, "which in what we have recorded in our sacred texts, is not who Jesus understood himself to be," St. Philip's associate rector Susan Anderson-Smith said.

"The way our service reads, the theology is that God is love, period."

..."Jesus was for an egalitarian community. He did not have room for titles or status. And it is recorded that many of the disciples called him Lord. But they had a different idea about worshipping him," she said. "Jesus was a rabbi and teacher. It was a relationship of mentoring, looking up to him for that kind of companionship."
Well, at least we know that on the Day of Judgment while many will say to Jesus "Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy by thy name, and by thy name cast out demons, and by thy name do many mighty works?" these church leaders won't be saying that. However, I suspect Jesus will still tell them "'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!" (Matthew 7:22-23)



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