This baffles me. Why would a supposedly Christian church be ashamed to use the word LORD in relation to God and Jesus Christ? “‘Lord’ has become a loaded word conveying hierarchical power over things” someone says in this article. Isn’t that the position that the God of the universe holds? Forgive my slang, but duh. God is Lord over all things, king of all things, in control of all things. Why should the church be ashamed to say it? “Our service has done everything it can to get rid of power imagery,” one deacon says. How dare you downplay the power of God.
They claim that they want to focus on God’s love, but at the expense of taking away all of God’s other attributes. There is no justice or wrath or holiness. Only a sugary love that turns God’s character one-dimensional. He (yes, HE) is turned into a fluffy fairy. I would like to echo the words of Pastor Mark Roessler in this article: “If we continue to water down and make ourselves politically correct, there won’t be anything left. God is the king of the universe. We are to bow before him. He is king, savior, Lord and master. … God is the great patriarch of heaven and Earth.”
11But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen. (1 Timothy 6:11-16).
“You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am” (John 13:13).
11I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. 12His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. (Revelation 19:11-16).
It’s pretty clear that God is Lord of all, and is above all things. We had better start worshipping him for who he really is, for he is worthy. We had better start fearing God and gaining wisdom and knowledge of him. Above all, the church must not be ashamed of the One it claims to worship.
This is also a good reminder, “No one can say ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:3).