Doesn’t God Deserve Upper Case Pronouns?

article by site founder, Connie Rice

This post is rather short, but covers an issue that has been on my heart for some time. Over the last few years, upper case pronouns when referring to God have been disappearing. Bible passages on online Bible study sites, lyrics for Worship songs, and other Christian sources are not capitalizing pronouns when referring to Him. Why is that? God is not the same as we are. He is the Creator of the universe as well as the Creator of all mankind. His holiness, power, and majesty have no equal. Through the sacrificial death and resurrection of His Only Son, Jesus Christ, God’s plan of salvation is made available to all who will receive it as a free gift by His grace because of His great love for us. In copying the verses below, I had to change all the pronouns to upper case and will continue to make that effort every time I reference Bible passages or anything else because I believe God is distinct and certainly worthy of that honor.

“Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power     and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,      for everything in heaven and earth is Yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; You are exalted as head over all.”

1 Chronicles 29:11

“Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in Your hand, and no one can withstand You.”

2 Chronicles 20:6

“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
    let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before Him with thanksgiving
     and extol Him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God,
    the great King above all gods.
In His hand are the depths of the earth,
    and the mountain peaks belong to Him.
The sea is His, for He made it,
     and His hands formed the dry land. “Come, let us bow down in worship,
    let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
for He is our God
    and we are the people of His pasture,
    the flock under His care.”

Psalm 95:1-7

“My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

John 10:27-30

Using upper case pronouns when referring to the Triune God (God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit) may seem like a small or insignificant issue to some. However, in the eyes of those who do not yet have a relationship with their Creator, it communicates what we as believers already know to be true – that God is set apart from mankind. He is not bound by time or space, He is holy, merciful, all-powerful, all-knowing, and sovereign – the only One worthy of all honor and praise: the name above all names!

“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,
     did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage;
rather, He made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    He humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place
    and gave Him the name that is above every name,
 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 5:2-11

Doesn’t God deserve upper case pronouns?

© Constance Rice 2019

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