Acing the New Grammar: S/he or It

 

Acing the New Grammar: S/he or It

Like the nondescript and mediocre Ms, the new politically obnoxious pronouns are signals of capitulation to the baals of feminism.1 Although the onslaught of word-changes and gender- modifications can’t be stopped for the present, I, for one, have pledged to continue use of the masculine pronoun to refer to myself and to properly represent the good ladies among us.

The Baals of ancient cultures were idol gods, the representation of peer pressure to engage in certain acts. These acts were intended as insurance for economic gain. Crop failure, still births in the flock and other farming calamities were supposed to be averted if the baals were rubbed the right way. Today it’s the idolatry of youthful dress mode, hair style and rocker attitude. The pressure is on. Conform or die! And ninety-nine percent conform without a murmur. Their dour faces and sullen forms are dragging through a mall nearby. They are being made to talk the talk that matches.

It is a man’s world as the old saying goes. This is because our Creator was pleased to reveal Himself in the masculine gender and to further express His good pleasure in creating Adam, the first man. Adam embodied the establishment of man as God’s vice regent in the earth. Woman was added, from Adam’s side, to be an especially appropriate helper to him. Marriage, as instituted and awarded its true significance in Eden, required man and woman to leave parents and become one flesh. The one had a name, the name of the man.

Historically, the man’s name is continued in the offspring that result from marriage. Inheritance has always been linked to this most important factor of the name. God told Abraham that he would be the “father of many nations . . .” and that “all the nations of the world would be blessed in him.”2 God’s pattern of the family was a patriarchy. Blessing would be somehow connected with a name.

The big payoff is revealed in the Newer Testament when our Lord, likens human marriage between a man and woman to His Cosmic Marriage to His Bride, the Church.3

The Grammar of Marriage
How does marriage relate to proper English grammar? The relationship is based on God’s eternal truth as set forth in the Holy Scriptures. Even the syntax and grammar of our language reflect the beauty of biblical theology and the glory of God.
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The person of faith is represented in Christ, just as woman is represented in the man. As members of the Church we are members of the Bride of Christ. Christ rules! Thus, our language is oriented to the masculine gender. She is included in the rhetorical he. His-or-her and womyn are not words. Instead they are bad grammar, a wimping nod to bad theology.

Eating, Drinking, Jots and Tittles
The apostle said that, “Whether we eat or drink, or whatever we do, [to] do all for the glory of God.” The little things count. The very words we write and the order in which we place them forms a record of our faith. We should not adopt the syntax of unbelief.

Practical Necessities in a Degenerate Society
After we have taught our children how and why we write the way we do, it may be necessary to go further, teaching them to mimic pagan grammar in order to get by in the market place. This should probably begin in junior high or high school. Attending most colleges, applying for jobs, our children may have to know how to use the alien terminology that will be expected.

Language has always changed over the years. It is not unusual that we are witnessing some major shifts in slang, grammar and syntax. After all, the New Testament was written in run-on sentences in its original autographs. The Apostle Paul was master of Koine Greek structure that has come down to us without breaks between words or sentences, ANENTIREEPISTLEINUPPERCASECHARACTERS.

Change is not our concern. What we oppose is the illicit pronouns that express rebellion against God and His Word. We don’t want to participate in a degenerate style that is offensive to Christ and His gracious revelation.

Rev. Dale K. Dykema

End Notes

  1. Miss means she has not been married, Mrs. stands for her commitment to her husband. Ms. would indicate coveted independence or signal the status of a prostitute in ancient cultures. [Deut. 24] Moses ordered the issuance of a writ of divorcement if a woman was driven off. This was to assist here so she did not have to resort to whoredom. [back to text]
  2. Gen. 17:1-14 [back to text]
  3. Eph. 5:25-33 [back to text]
  4. I Cor. 10:31; Col. 3:17 [back to text]
 
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