For a supposed Christian writer, Glennon Doyle Melton has been publicly living in bold disobedience lately, and many professing Christian women seem not to mind at all. Last month the celebrity made news for announcing she had ditched her young family (divorced only a few weeks) and moved in with her lesbian lover, a famous soccer star. (See: Glennon Doyle Melton: Another real, raw, “Christian” mommy blogger comes out)
A few days ago she stirred up controversy once again with this Instagram post:
She’s not the first to call our heavenly Father, Son and Holy Spirit a female. But Melton may well be one of the few “Christians” to do so. (The Washington Post and People Magazine have both referred to her as a Christian writer, though you won’t see her proclaiming the Gospel or talking about Jesus Christ much.) And thanks to the upcoming The Shack movie, calling the God-head a woman will soon be pretty ho-hum and why not.
It seems not to matter that God used exclusively masculine terms to refer to Himself and almost exclusively masculine terminology even in metaphor. Through the Bible He taught us how to speak of Him, and it was in masculine relational terms. More on this here.
I write about this for two reasons, neither of which have anything to do with sensationalism or gossip. First, a significant number of Christian women follow Melton, including people I know personally. Her influence is enormous: Melton is the author of two books including one on Oprah’s recommendations, and is the founder of the popular mommy blog Momastery.com. She is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and has appeared on on The TODAY Show, The Talk, Ladies’ Home Journal, Woman’s Day, Glamour UK, Family Circle, Parents Magazine, American Baby, and Newsweek, among other television and print outlets.
Second, for her followers, I hope to establish a pattern of concern that you might at least tuck away for consideration. You ought to be concerned not only with Melton's statements and activities, but with a growing number of other celebrities who profess Christ while ignoring His Word. Melton's pro-gay stance (and now lifestyle) is really no surprise. She has long been sin affirming, just as Jen Hatmaker, Matthew Vines, Rachel Held Evens and other celebs who have captured weak women with their feel-good, heart-tugging pleas to call good evil and evil good.
Please understand that I don't wish to "attack those who think differently" than I do. But you ought not to think like the world, either. Rather than being conformed to the culture, we mustget back to the authority and sufficiency of God's Word as truth. So no, you don't need to align with my way of thinking; I have nothing to do with your faith. But please, dear ones, make every attempt to align your thinking with the fullness of Scripture, renewing your mind in Him.
"Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2