Posted by: tucsonjefe | March 11, 2007

Don’t Bame God

I am continually amazed at how hard folks will fight for their right to blame God for their situation.  This past week, two of our ministers faced common situations that reflect this urge.  One person was teaching in a jail where one inmate proclaimed that “God put me here so I could get closer to Him.”  No, He didn’t.  You broke the law of the land and got yourself in jail.  God is pretty sharp, and He will now take this golden opportunity to talk to you about all those things you could have learned in a much less trying circumstance.  In another instance, one of our folks was teaching on resisting the devil.  In that process he mentioned the fact (note the word, “fact”) that God doesn’t send sickness and disease- that it is the will of God to heal.  One listener objected that, while indeed God’s will as revealed in His Word is to heal, that “God is sovereign and can allow sickness if He so desires for a specific individual.”  In other words, God may have lied.  (That is usually what people mean when they say “God is sovereign.”) In both these instances it is religious fuzzy-think that has bewildered and deceived otherwise intelligent people.  The idea that God is somehow micro-managing every event in the universe is an almost universal delusion, but it is simply not true.  From the Garden to the descent of the New Jerusalem, the Bible depicts a God who allows man the dignity of choice and a creation that suffers from the results of those choices.  For some this is an unappealing outlook.  They are comforted somehow by the notion that “God is in control” and “everything happens for a reason.”  I, for one, am not comforted by the idea that the god who is running things sees some great benefit in baby-rape, terrorist mayhem, and racist genocide.  Sorry.  My God didn’t do it, allow it, or commission it.  Instead, He died to redeem me from it and gave me the tools to overcome it.  If I can’t figure out the details, then it is because I am a little dull, but it does not mean that He is torturing innocents in order to teach me something. NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! 

Scripture Reading:  So I greet you with the great words, grace and peace! We know the meaning of those words because Jesus Christ rescued us from this evil world we’re in by offering himself as a sacrifice for our sins. God’s plan is that we all experience that rescue. (Galatians 1:3-4 MSG) 

Somebody Said:  Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.  G. K. Chesterton 

About the time I think my course is run and there is nothing left to do, I am shocked again by a pervasive fatalism that kills hope and turns joy to a despair made slightly bittersweet by the saccharin of religious excuse.  Someone, no matter how old and tired, must stand up and say, “Don’t blame God!”  Let’s at least leave them with the hope that the dragon can be vanquished.

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  1. Kenneth Hagin in a video I was watching said the Captain of the Valdez was drunk and sunk his ship — Insurance company called it an Act of God — Rev. Hagin said he did know know that God gets drunk. It is so ridiculous on what God is blamed for — scream to the roof tops on the Acts of God that saves us from our own stupidity! (Including me)


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