Years ago, ok, maybe months ago things like the Vegas shootings wouldn’t bother me so much. Why? Because maybe, it wasn’t anybody I knew or it didn’t affect me. I am not saying it didn’t affect me at all. Just right now it is affecting me quite a bit. Matter of fact I am sadden and upset more than I thought I could ever be. The reason why it is affecting me now more than before is because my view of God and His Son has matured more than I could imagine. The God I know now is not the same God I was taught and grew up with. My understanding of the cross now does not match the understanding of the cross growing up. I can truly understand why people become atheist. I can understand why there is an exodus of the church at large. I can understand why unbelief and doubt is running rampant in society that prides itself on the American dream. And I understand why intimacy with God is a myth at best and hard to achieve at its worse.
Isaiah 29:13 says it best: Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the percept of men: There are some hard questions we need to ask. Some questions we may not be ready for, but need to at least ask. Maybe we need to face some hard truths about what we really believe and what we believe is really true? I won’t get into all I want to discuss and put before you. Just want to give you something to ponder. To get the conversation started at least. I have questions and I know you do too.
Here are a few questions: Is our view of God right? Is our view of the meaning of the cross God’s meaning or man’s understanding? Is the worlds view at large the reason for the violence in the world. Is God violent and angry? Is our image of a parent the same image that we see God operating? And if so, are we saying our parent would kill us to satisfy a debt of someone else? How can Christ be the hero and God the bad guy if they’re one? Are you believing God out of fear of the consequences of not believing in Him, or you just believe because He love you unconditionally? Just to name a few! I have more!
I am a grace preacher and pastor and my revelation of His grace is amazing to me. I am all in with the grace message in spite of what others my feel or think. I have respect for all views, because at the end of the day, God has the final say! I believe one of the reasons for all of this violence is because we as a people have the wrong perception and view of GOD! This angry, retributive, punishing, violent, repulsed by sin, blood thirsty, self seeking praise hungry God, does not match what Jesus portrayed of God. Hebrews 1:3a says: Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person… So who is telling the truth? My bible shows Jesus being loving, kind, forgiving, long suffering, compassionate and other-centered. There are so many examples of Jesus loving and forgiving ways, that He is the model of 1 Corinthians 13. So which one is the truth? One more thing. Is sin something that God punishes man for or is sin something God seen as an enemy of man and want to destroy its influence once and for all? This is just the start to discovering true Christianity in the body of Christ. Grace and peace upon all!