Should you strive to be like everybody else? The most typical human is right-handed, makes less than $12,000 a year, has a cell phone, has no bank account, is male, is age 28, is of Han Chinese ethnicity…
From an email that I received:
“If God doesn’t have a gender, why do we say the “Our Father” every week, and why did Jesus frequently talk about the Father? What is the word used in the original languages? Just wondering.”
Here is my answer:
Sex and gender are part of creation. The creator is not. Those concepts have no truth beyond being classifications that are somewhat helpful in some areas of life. As images of God they are about relationship. A parental language is hopefully associated with trust and safety for most, well unless it isn’t. Talking about God is never accurate but a mere struggle for words to speak of the unspeakable. Hosea is famous for using all kinds of images and mixing them.
When Jesus hung on the cross and was about to breathe his last, he shouted out: “OMG, why have you forsaken me!”
Everyone around him knew what that meant. It was the first line of one of the most famous prayers at the time, think “Our father…”.
“Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” is the beginning of Psalm 22 – a real rollercoaster ride of faith experiences. Throughout this Lent season, you can hear it in its entirety at Provo Community United Church of Christ, starting on March 4 2012 with Psalm 22:1-5 accompanied by Mark 15:33-39. Listen to the first sermon of this Lent series by the Rev. Daniel Haas, titled: “OMG”