“….The term THEY can be used singularly when the “gender is unknown….”

“We have had some complaints about the hedge row in the front of the Club House, “they” think it should be left to natural growth, rather than trimmed back,” my boss said to me. I responded; “who is they?” He responded that “they” were a group of women, leaving me to guess who. Whenever he wanted to relay a message to me from his wife, he would use “they” in the plural sense, attempting to convey that there were a number of people who shared the same opinion. A game we played. I’ve thought back to that very day, and others to follow, many times over the last 35 years. But, this morning, I decided to look up the definition of “they.” To my surprise…I found that it also could be used in the singular sense. “Somebody left their umbrella in the office. Would THEY please collect it?” And, “The patient should be told at the outset how much THEY will be required to pay.” The term THEY can be used singularly when the “gender is unknown.” Ok…you got my point.   My former boss’s word use is not the point; owning his own words is. What my boss failed to realize, is that he didn’t need anyone, or even many people, to justify his request. He only needed his own authority. He didn’t need any justification. God does not speak to us in human “double-talk.” He speaks to us through His Word.  2 Timothy 3:16-17 says that all Scripture is “God-breathed.” His Word sometimes gives us a warning, a word of encouragement, or a lesson for life.  He speaks to us through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Hebrews 1:102 – “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe.”  He speaks to us through Nature and God’s Creation.  Romans 1:20 – “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”  And, God speaks to us through other believers; our parents, mentors, pastors, and even perfect strangers.  James 3:17 – “The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and sincere.”  Our problem is; are we listening, do we hear, do we comprehend, and do we follow His Word?  …Blessings…cjlb…7/25/14.

About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.


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