God’s Bio

Quiltinmomi put this on her site today, and everyone praised it and agreed with the outcome… and then I read it.  ((LoL – like I’d ever go along with everything I read.))  I commented vaguely that it made me think and that I wasn’t sure… but now I have some thoughts that seem postworthy, so here they are.

A church board was interviewing two candidates for a minister position.  Both candidates were equally educated and had excellent references.  It was becoming more and more difficult to distinguish between them in a way that made the decision even possible, much less clear.  Finally, an older member of the board thought of a question he wanted to ask.  One at a time the candidates were brought into the room.  The elder pointed out the window and said, tell us what you can of the spiritual nature of the next person who walks by, and what would you say if you spoke to him/her.  Candidate One said, “That man is a sinner in need of a Redeemer.  If I could speak to him I would try to help him understand this and would invite him to come into relationship with God.”  Candidate Two said, “That woman is the beloved Creation of Almighty God.  He has loved her from before the time she was born and loves her now more than any of us could ever comprehend.  I would like to ask her in what ways God has revealed Himself to her.”

(The church chose candidate #2)

Which one answered correctly?  According to Q-momi, both of them did.  But I don’t know if I agree. At first I didn’t like either answer.  But looking closer revealed some things.

The first man is potrayed as harsh and cold, hating sin and focusing on the sorry state that the passerby is in.  The second man is potrayed as a kind, loving, soft-hearted, wonderful individual.  Polar opposites.

That’s how a lot of people think of God, too.  Some think he’s some big Heavenly Cop waiting to bust them for everything they do, and they have a bad taste for Him in their mouths, and don’t like hearing about religion for that very reason.

Then there’s the other side, who see God as the Big Heavenly Grandfather, inviting all of His creation to sit on His knee and snuggle and have the warm fuzzies with Him.  This can also turn people off, because they really don’t care for the mushy feel-good religion of this kind of believer.

To be honest?  God isn’t either of these.  He bears traits of both, but neither depicts Him.  He’s not the accepting, tolerant, feel-good God because He says He will judge His creations (2 Tim 4:1).  He created Hell and sends people there (Ezek 31:16).  He says “I am a jealous God” (Ex. 20:5, De. 4:24, Josh 24:19).  He knows who will accept Him and who won’t (Rom. 9:18-19, 11:2).  Which means He knows which people are His and which ones aren’t.  It’s not all hugs and snuggles.  There will be a judgement coming.  And the Bible says “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, thus saith the Lord.” (Rom. 12;19)

I also don’t agree with this statement: “the first [Candidate] saw people through the lens of law, the second saw people through the lens of relationship.”  In actuality, the law never said that people were sinners.  It gave rules to prove that they were sinners, but it never gave a verdict, no did it provide any solution to sin.

Religion is a black and white thing for us, because God knew we’d try to smudge the line enough on our own.  We either accept Him or we don’t.  We either believe in Christ’s atonement or we don’t.  We either go to heaven or to hell.  Black and white. Yes or no.  But it wasn’t the law that gave us this reality.  It’s totally from God (Rom. 3:21).

Candidate One said, “That man is a sinner in need of a Redeemer.  If I could speak to him I would try to help him understand this and would invite him to come into relationship with God.” 

That man was a sinner.  He was in need of a Redeemer.  We are told to be a beacon to the world, to go forth and preach the gospel.  We are to help and not push – in that he was right.  We are to invite, not demand – in that he was right.  Candidate One answered well.  But the church of 2002 doesn’t want someone who sees the sin that needs removal thru a Redeemer like God does.  They’d rather paint over it with love… which is so sad.  That was never our commission.  This man would’ve done the better job.

Candidate Two said, “That woman is the beloved Creation of Almighty God.  He has loved her from before the time she was born and loves her now more than any of us could ever comprehend.  I would like to ask her in what ways God has revealed Himself to her.”

That woman was beloved of God.  She was His precious creation.  And God reveals Himself to everyone, so the minister would get an answer… but what about his focus?  Did this candidate fail to see the need in her life?  Did he fail to understand God’s call to teach and to save?  Did he lose himself in the ‘feel-good’ religion of today and in his softness forget the call, and instead focus on embracing her for who she is and what she has experienced… and not her need?  Even a nonnie can do that much!

This is one of those instances when I really wish I had married a minister… or someone with a far more vast knowledge of spiritual things than I.  Because I’d love to discuss this… to learn more in regards to this.

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