*Update: Albert Mohler also responded to this article -link below
It appears that we may even have more to pray about than I thought. Some mainline protestant churches are no longer comfortable teaching that Jesus is Lord. Some even don’t want to refer to our relationship with God in ‘hierarchical’ terms. Then there are those who think it is a problem to refer to God as Father since it is not gender inclusive. After all, they reason that the Divine should be understood as being a ‘mother’ also.
I really do find this article as rather disturbing: ‘Lord’ is fading at some churches
When I graduated from a mainline seminary 23 years ago some of these ideas were being kicked around. I really didn’t take it seriously at the time. Here are a couple of quotes from the article:
â€œLordâ€ 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,â€ -Assoc. Rector Susan Anderson-Smith St. Phillip’s Episcopal
â€œThe way our service reads, the theology is that God is love, period. Our service has done everything it can to get rid of power imagery. We do not pray as though we expect the big guy in the sky to come and fix everything.â€ -St. Philipâ€™s Deacon Thomas Lindell
At the end of the article the news reporter did find two pastors who got it right:
â€œIf we continue to water down and make ourselves politically correct, there wonâ€™t be anything left. God is the king of the universe. We are to bow before him. He is king, savior, Lord and master. â€¦ God is the great patriarch of heaven and Earth,â€ – Mark Roessler, pastor of Catalina Foothills Church (PCA)
â€œWe call him â€˜Lordâ€™ because he is Lord, If you read the Bible, he â€” God â€” created everything from nothing. Thatâ€™s pretty powerful to me.â€ -Rev. Joe Bettridge, senior pastor at St. Andrewâ€™s Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)
Yes pastor, I believe so!
**Update(4/27/07): Albert Mohler has responded to this same article in his blog. Dr. Mohler writes:
Indeed, the most powerful display of the essentially hierarchical nature of this divine title (Lord) is found in the New Testament itself:
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father [Philippians 2:9-11].
This verse stresses the hierarchical nature of the title. One day, every single knee will bow to Jesus Christ as Lord. It should go without saying that no creature will miss the hierarchical character of that moment.
Thanks Dr. Mohler for clarifying that issue once and for all. Yes, Jesus is Lord, Amen.