By Nathan Barton
It is appropriate that this happened on Thanksgiving Day here in the Fifty States. As reported by the Daily Telegraph, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sweden has called on its clergy to stop calling “God” (we presume, like other Lutherans, that they are still referring to YHWH, the Creator) “Lord” or referring to Him as “He.” Instead, to promote “gender inclusivity” the Swedish priests are just to call the Creator “God” and not use pronouns.
There was nothing to indicate whether or not the priests were encouraged to find different words to address Jesus, since it seems that both “Lord” and “Son of God” are very exclusionary.
Now, none of this would be particularly of interest to most readers, except for one fact. The “Evangelical Lutheran Church” of Sweden is actually the State Church of Sweden. Even though it officially stopped being the “State Church” in 2000, after 474 years, it in effect still is. For in Sweden, there was indeed a union of State and Church. The Archbishop of Sweden did not report to God, but instead to the Monarch. (No word on whether the priests are still speaking of the Swedish Monarch as “kong” (king) or “drottning” (queen) or something else.) And since it was officially made separate from the State, in 2000, the church STILL does not report to God but to the members of the church – it is “democratic.”
This means, of course, that this church’s annual general assembly (or whatever it might be called) is not just a religious meeting, like the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod’s annual gathering, or even the LDS Annual and Semi-annual General Conferences. No, it is ALSO a political meeting and decision-making body.
Apparently 6.1 million of 10 million Swedish subjects are also members of this church. So theoretically, the other 3.9 million Swedes (plus however many foreigners, especially Muslims) are not subject to this church. But it seems that is not really the case. As I understand it, once the state church decided that it was okay to be a homosexual (or a homosexual priest or bishop or whatever) it became a crime to say that homosexuality was a sin, and apparently, that is the point at which freedom of speech stops. Unless, of course, you are a Muslim. After all, there has to be some limit to tyranny, right?
So, despite all the errors the Founding Fathers made 241 (and 230) years ago, they did one thing right: said the state had NO business in the religion business. That is definitely a blessing for which we can be thankful (to God and the Founding Fathers), even in 2017.
(Of course, that was then – today, more and more people in the Fifty States seem to think that the state can get into the church’s business just about every way it wants – or that the state has become the religion.)
Too bad we can’t get the state out of a whole lot of other things it has no business in – and keep the state out of the religious business also.
(Just as a side note: one person noticed that if someone who is (or was) a man wants everyone around to consider him/her/it a woman, in today’s world, we are obligated to do so. It is rude, and in some places illegal, and can get you fired or kicked out for not using the gender that person prefers. Yet, somehow, the Creator of the Universe is not allowed to choose their “gender preference” – even by those who claim to be His followers. Funny, huh?)
Mama’s Note: I’d say “funny” was not the right word… whether you mean funny ha ha, or funny peculiar. I’d call it all insane myself, and that’s no laughing matter. Just glad I live in Wyoming. So far, no gender snowflakes here, and no gender police.