Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Trinity – Not just a pretty name.
When we name things, it’s our attempt to know them, to own, and control them. Just think of conquerors and colonizers re-naming lakes, rivers, animals and people as a way of attempting to subdue them. This isn’t though just some historical practice. People still name and re-name things to shape and control reality. Remember when we heard about these “death panels”. Remember the fear of that some people felt, even though the name was not based in actual fact. The health care legislation was simply allowing for patients and their family’s to talk with their doctor and care provider about end-of -life care and decision making. No death panel. There was no truth to that name, but people bought it. The same person is called hero, freedom fighter, rebel, insurrectionist, revolutionary depending upon where you are stand in a struggle or in the stream of history. Again, “budget repair” is used to mask the real agenda to attack labor. In our world we need to pay attention to the labels and names that are broadcast at us.
The same is true within the church. We should always approach these names with humility. Trinity is a good name for the Divine One whom we experience in Three–for the myriad of expressions and experiences of God. However, we are not defining God. We can not confine God to just one depiction. Trinity should tell us we’ve entered the realm of the mysterious and incomprehensible beyond our wildest imaginations and intellectual exercises and more intimate than our closest and dearest relationships and enlightened self-awareness. In short, Trinity is not just a pretty name.