This is the most thought provoking blog post I read this past week. Just the title, “Dear God, do you have a penis?” makes you feel uncomfortable in so many ways.
Like others who peruse through my blog to get a deeper glimpse into my scattered mind and heart, I enjoy checking out vomitaceous thoughts of many of the other Quest bloggers. Some good, some bad, some fluff, some deep, some always ranty, some too happy, etc. One blog [amongst many] I’d call your attention to belongs to “Brian.” In his words, Brian is “
Dear God, Do you have a penis?
I know, you’re immediately interested (or pissed).
As I have been thinking about gender and sexuality lately, I have some questions for God:
1. Are you male? Because if not, we’ve been incorrectly calling you “Him” or “He” and saying “His” which, the last time I checked were all pronouns associated with maleness. And I know that we say, “God is outside of gender” or “God is gender-less” but there is still a great ignorance in the fact that we have continued to label our Higher Being with male language.
Of course, the alternatives are few. After all, this is God we are talking about here.
We can: use the name “God” all the time, but then you are left with saying awkwardly repetitive things like, “God loves God’s children so much that God didn’t want them to perish, so God sent God’s son to save all our sorry asses.”
A bit “God-y”, eh?
We can also: eliminate gender altogether, so God becomes an “it.” If God is an “it”, then I think I want to change religions. It is way too impersonal for me. She/He (clever foreshadowing) has to be more than an “it.” [read the entire post]
Ok, who’s pissed? Interested? Read the entire entry…there’s much to think about.
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