Regardless of Our View, God is Still God!

O LORD, there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears. ~ 1 Chronicles 17:20

One of the best commencement speeches, I have ever heard, involved a distinguished retired minister that needed help getting to the podium. He appeared to be in his nineties. He made no attempt to rush. There was an air of resolved calmness about him. I remember thinking, sitting there in my graduation cap and gown. ‘Surely the university could have found someone else. What could he possibly tell us young energetic people?’ That was many years ago.

To my amazement, he shared words of wisdom that I remember and draw upon until this day. Some of which are, “Talk to someone different from you about their faith. Not that it will change you, but it will broaden your view of the world and make you a better advocate for Jesus Christ. Go somewhere you have never been. Do something good that you have never done. Learn about God and grow in grace…” His words of wisdom went on and on…

“There are important reasons for knowing what others think about God, even if it is sometimes uncomfortable or off-putting”.[1] Sometimes knowing what others think, reaffirms what we believe. After reading America’s Four Gods, it occurred to me that our view of God determines how we interact and engage with each other and the world around us. Froese & Bader, proposes four prevalent views of God: 1) an authoritative view, where God is both engaged in the world and judgmental; 2) a benevolent view, where God is engaged, but not judgmental; 3) a critical view, where God is judgmental, but not engaged; and 4) a distant view, where God is nonjudgmental and disengaged.[2] The authors go so far as to imply, that by knowing where one lives, what one looks like, and how much money one makes, they can begin to guess their image of God.[3] It stands to reason that not all these views of God are correct.

Psalms 33:5, tells us that He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD. Therefore, it seems that regardless of our view, God is still God and He changes not. Christians must align their view to Scripture, so that they may have the correct view of God. Taking time to learn about God, as advised in 2 Timothy 2:15, in order to know God. So that as Christians, we will reflect the correct image of God in our daily lives through Jesus Christ. For it is difficult, if not impossible to pattern after someone we do not know. According to John 17:3, This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.

 

[1] Paul Froese and Christopher Bader, America’s Four Gods, (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2010), 3.

[2] Ibid., 24.

[3] Ibid., 57.

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