Michael Sterling Defends Why He Refers To God As ‘Her’: I See The God In My Wife
Though they actually got married back in October 2018, viewers of Bravo’s hit reality series Real Housewives of Atlanta, didn’t get to see the wedding until the most recent episode. It appears that while Michael Sterling was reciting his vows to wife Eva Marcille, he ruffled some feathers when he referred to God as “her,” her being Marcille. Some felt that it was out of line and disrespectful and now Sterling has responded.
After documenting the intense planning all season, viewers finally got to see Eva Marcille and Michael Sterling get married, but it wasn’t without some drama. Apparently, instead of focusing on the actual wedding, some viewers of the show were not pleased to hear Sterling referring to God as “her”—specifically because the her was Marcille. The criticism got so out of hand that Sterling took to Instagram to address the issue in a very lengthy post.
Sterling began his response, writing:
“I love my wife and I hand-wrote my vows from a place of intentional love. It appears that some folks have questioned the fact that I referred to God as “her” in my vows and they have offered to pray for my ignorance. I do not speak much about these things, but I will have a few things to say over the next week or so. I am not a theologian, but I referred to God as “her,” because I believe, as many saints do, that God is a mother to the motherless and a father to the fatherless. I believe, as St. Augustine did, that God transcends time, space, existence, and life.”
He continued, adding:
“I believe that God is God. Thus, if God is a mother to the motherless and a father to the fatherless; I think we err not to see God in each and every one of us. I think we err to limit God. And sometimes I use the pronoun “her” to refer to God because I see God as resembling all of us and as greater than all of us. And I see the divine in my mom and my grandmothers and my sisters. As for my vows, I referred to God as “her” intentionally because I see the God in my wife and God put it on my heart to make sure she heard and felt that.”
Marcille echoed her husband’s response by simply reposting his post on her own Instagram page. Meanwhile, in upcoming episodes of RHOA, rumors will begin to swirl regarding the couple’s finances, or lack thereof. The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs Sunday nights on Bravo at 8PM.
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