People who follow God annoy me at times. We can very quickly use God to justify our ideas, our morals, our lifestyle, our wants, our desires as well as use God to create an us vs them mentality where we, of course, are in the right and the others are the them and are wrong. Witch hunts still happen in the name of God, perhaps not always hunting for witches but certainly hunting for things that we disagree with or are scared of. Of course, it is never phrased this way, but rather nicely put as ensuring that we maintain our christian identity, or a christian lifestyle, or uphold biblical truth – and by the way, we are the ones that know, without a doubt, the true way to follow God, we know what biblical truth is, what a god-honouring lifestyle is. How quickly we forget how certain we were about the “biblically” truthfulness of slavery, oh and how about the crusades, and perhaps even we should remind ourselves of Hitler.
Can we hold on to deeply to things that we believe to be true lightly? Does that diminish their power, the order and structure they bring to our lives? People have desired to legislate morality, god, and other things over the centuries, but it doesn’t seem to work. Perhaps God is not all about rules? Perhaps many of our rules are more about cultural norms or power and control than about God? What would happen if we stopped abusing God by using him/her/it to justify what we want, and hold onto our truths lightly and extend some grace – isn’t that what christmas/easter is about?
While we debate how many angles can dance on the head of pin or play god by trying to determine whether someone is saved or not by the number of times s/he goes to church, publicly prays, – I think God weeps while people go unfed, unclothed, lonely, are raped, without school, without parents, without doctors. Perhaps God isn’t in the building worrying about the debate, but is out on the street with the others trying to extend love, grace, and open arms wishing that that there were more people joining him