Call Me Capital "C" Crazy
Call me Crazy, but I think it is even Crazier that God’s pronouns are not Capitalized in many Bible translations. It doesn’t matter to me what the official grammar rules are…just can’t wrap my brain around it. But again, I may be Crazy.
A few weeks ago, I decided that I would stop Complaining about it inside my mind and do something about it. Instead, each time I come across this in my Bible, I take my handy dandy pen and change the small h in “him” or “his” to “Him” or “His” (same thing for the "y" in "You.") One little bitty straight line makes an ordinary pronoun into proper case. And I think the Proper Case puts Holy Pronouns in their Proper Place.
But then again, I may be Crazy. Certifiably so.
I do realize this borders on self-righteousness and legalism, (and even obsession), but it works for me, because my motive is purely this: I love to see HIS NAME in all its forms in capital letters. It makes Him jump off the page instead of blend in. Trust me, with the way I’m wired, it’s a good thing.
But the main question really should be…
Do I LOVE HIM with capital letters?
Do I live with Him in proper case and me in lower case?
“Love the Lord your God with all your heartand with all your souland with all your mindand with all your strength.”Mark 12:30, NIV
“For in Him we live and move and have our being.”
Acts 17:28a, NIV
“He must become greater; I must become less.”John 3:30, NIV
When I think about how much God loved me, I realize it was a Capitalized, underlined, in bold, big font kind of LOVE. God sent His baby boy to live in a sinful world and be Crucified on a Cross for sinful people, even knowing that many would reject Him and never love Him back. And now my risen Lord and Savior Continually pours out His love for me every single day in tangible ways, in miraculous ways, even though I don’t deserve a lick of it. Some might even call Him Crazy for it.
How about you? Can I call you Crazy too? Will you Love the Lord in Capital Letters and Live for Jesus Christ in Bold? Is there anything in your life hindering you from keeping Him in Proper Case? Have you allowed Him to be your First Place?
“My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all Heaven and earth. I ask Him to strengthen you by His Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite Him in. And I ask Him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, His Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Glory to God in the church!
Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations!
Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!”Ephesians 3:14-21, The Message (with capital pronouns added)
In the Key of HE,
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