There are things being introduced in these times that were not said or done in times past, as far as we know. Things are often made up during the process. Today, things have gotten to the point of irreverence even among professing Christians.

 

Who’s Your Daddy?

We’ve heard this phrase spoken in jest. Now even God is referenced as ‘Daddy’. So the question is, Is God your Daddy? I’ve been told the trend comes from a misunderstanding of the word ‘Abba’, which is found in Matthew 14:36, Romans 8:15, and Galatians 4:6. Abba is actually Chaldean for ‘Father’, while the Greek ‘pat-ayr’, where we get the word ‘paternal’, also means father. Scripture refers to God as our Heavenly Father. We have natural fathers we may call Dad or Daddy. It is a more familiar, informal, and common reference. Father is very formal. Dad or Daddy is an earthly term, possibly first used in the 1500’s. There is no traceable etymology. It’s even referred to as ‘baby talk’. So, the term daddy is not used in scripture. Also note In the Old Testament, God was rarely even referred to as Father, but Lord, God, or Lord God.

God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him. Psalms 89:7

You might be one who thinks there is nothing wrong with referring to God as Daddy. Yet, does calling God ‘Daddy’ sound like reverence? In the New Testament, Jesus calls God His Father (never Daddy) and ours.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  Matthew 5:16

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Matthew 6:9

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Matthew 7:21

Calling God ‘Daddy’ should be considered irreverent. The term brings the Creator and Father of all down to the level of humanity. We are to be careful when addressing our Heavenly Father. And should address Him with all the reverence due Him.

Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:  Hebrews 12:28

God is not our daddy. He is our Creator, our God, our Lord, our Heavenly Father. We would never address a judge in a courtroom as Mr. or even Sir. While those are not disrespectful references, judges are quick to remind you to address them as, Your Honor.   Don’t you believe God is worthy of more honor and respect than man?

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.  Revelation 4:11