Good question! I for one am all for switching it up. I think God transcends our ideas of gender while simultaneously embodying all genders. The Bible refers to God as He and Father and the Bridegroom but also imbues God with a lot of classically feminine traits, like healing, comforting, defending, being beautiful, showing mercy, and mending broken relationships. Here’s a great list of some times in the Bible when God is described using feminine language, generally as a mother (thanks to moodychurch.org).
- God comforts his people like a mother comforts her child (Isaiah 66:13)
- Like a woman would never forget her nursing child, God will not forget his children (Isaiah 49:15)
- God is like a mother eagle hovering over her young (Deuteronomy 32:11)
- God seeks the lost like a housekeeper, trying to find her lost coin (Luke 15:8-10)
- God cares for his people like a midwife that cares for the child she just delivered (Ps 22:9-10, Ps 71:6, Isa 66:9)
- God experiences the fury of a mother bear robbed of her cubs (Hosea 13:8)
- Jesus longed for the people of Jerusalem, like a mother hen longs to gather her chicks under her wings (Luke 13:34)
When God creates man and woman, he created them both in His/Her own image. So men and women and all the shades in between present facets of divinity to the world around them. All men have a little woman in them and all women have a little man in them, simply from an anatomical and hormonal perspective, so it would be foolish to think that a God who makes us so complimentary and nuanced is not himself many things in one. After all, this is the God who is three persons in one Spirit, so I don’t think it’s disrespectful to use a collective singular They to refer to God in Her/His entirely.