Whether or not we accept God’s Name, all of us share it. So why does it feel so awkward to say “My Father” in public?
“Every Being In The Universe” – KPAX, 2001
What does it mean to accept God’s Name? Many faiths tell us the Name is ours by birthright. Why then does it seem odd to assert direct lineage to God—and much more proper to honor our human fathers?
“Because you offend those who don’t believe what you believe,” the human world explains. I see. So it’s better to please other humans and cast aside my real Father? By itself, belief in a creator is not “religion.” What’s more, a great many people view themselves as a “child of God.” But just imagine telling someone in the grocery store what your Father in heaven said to you last night. Once in a while I do this. My hope is that when I accept God’s Name as a normal, everyday thing for myself, so might others. Someone asked us to do this a while back. And he didn’t seem particularly concerned about offending people:
“Do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.”