You don’t believe in God?
Funny, I probably don’t believe either.
You don’t believe in God because…
There’s exclusion, there’s rejection, there’s oppression, regression, hate, wars, blood, tears….
Because of THAT god.
Yea, I don’t believe either.
I don’t believe in THAT god.
A God who is progressive, open, loving, accepting, liberating, inclusive, peaceful…
That God… That’s the God I believe in.
Our youth group recently talked about the first few of the 10 Commandments found in Exodus chapter 20 and in those we talked about not using the Lord’s name “in vain.” Most of the teaching I have ever heard on this was “hey, don’t curse using God’s name” but there’s so much more meaning to these words.
First, these commandments were never meant to be a list of rules to follow so you can die and go to heaven. These things were given to paint a picture of what life would look like living in the freedom of what God designed. So that the ideal life God had in mind, would be lived out here among the people. (Kingdom of God, here and now…for you church people) It’s about how to have a great relationship with God and other people. I think we can all agree that having healthy relationships with God and other people would be a good thing. But, for now, back to this “name in vain” thing.
The reality of this phrase is that using the name of God in a context that does not represent who God is, does not lend itself to this ideal life that God had in mind. Attributing things to God that do not represent who God is… Using the “God told me” line when it’s really just your selfish, self-righteous, arrogant, or lack of thought that’s coming to the surface…
That’s using the name of God, “in vain”
So the god who is exclusive, rejecting, oppressive, regressive, causes hate, wars, blood, tears…
is not the God who is
Who has plans for us to prosper (which doesn’t mean material wealth)
THAT god is not the God who heals the sick, welcomes women and children, liberates people from oppression, stands up for the outcast and burdened, brings people to love and peace…
God is constantly pushing people to a greater awareness of who they are and who we are as creation. God is constantly bringing us to a greater understanding of who God is. As we read through the Old Testament and into the New Testament, we find humans who have progressed in their understanding of God.
So, you don’t want to believe or talk about God because of the baggage and pain that is associated with that word, God?
Then don’t accept things as they are.
Start talking about God and believing in a God who is different and
**Join the conversation in the comments below or by sharing this post**