5. I know that the LORD is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods. 6. The LORD does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths. 7. He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth; he sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.
The Lord does whatever please him. So do we. WIth that, God does some really cool things. We sometimes do, but we also really do some heinous things. And the question seems to be “why does God allow that to happen?” Why isn’t the question “why do we do that?”
He gives us this incredible earth and we abuse it. Seriously, do you sort your recyclables? I mean simple stuff. Do you really check to make sure that the product isn’t produced with child labor? Why do we even have to worry about child labor being used to produce goods we consume? Why is the slave trade bigger today than it’s ever been? Obviously, as our knowledge has grown, as we’ve matured as beings, as we’ve become more sophisticated and secular, we’re evolving into greater beings, right? Certainly, we’re creating more and more.
Several months ago, one of my posts had the picture of an Israeli father grieving over the loss of a daughter whose head had been blown away by Palestinian terrorist (or freedom fighter). It evoked a strong negative response basically centered around “I don’t want to see that”. Understandably, nobody does. Yet, for much of the world, they see it every day. They live with it every day as just a part of life. Daesh says that Coptic Christians are their favorite target (followed closely by the white devil and their children). Iran wants to wipe Israel off the map. China persecutes Christians. As does India, Indonesia, etc. Our inner cities are fraught with violence, secularism/PC culture would like to turn us into a petri dish of line blurring sameness (I thought Pat on Saturday Night Live was a joke, not a prediction), etc., etc., etc. If we keep evolving this way, we’ll evolve ourselves out of existence.
So what’s the point? God does what pleases him, we do what pleases us. God gives us what we need to do the right thing or not and we want to blame him for how things are turning out. Seems we have it all backwards and should be turning towards him, not away. If we want to make progress, we need to land on The God, not one created by us – sorry Mohamed, you were something else before something broke and you thought God spoke to you; sorry Buddha, Brahman, Yoda, whatever. You were created by man. Christ was not. (Don’t believe it? Why not? Let’s debate this! It is worth our time. It does have eternal consequences as well as immediate ones.)
Seriously, isn’t it time to live like Christ tells us to? The way God wants us to? Christ isn’t an allegory, he’s a real, historical figure. Anyone who doubts he actually existed hasn’t done their homework. His words carry weight. His way is the one we wonder why God hasn’t imposed on us, but He let’s us choose. Let’s choose Christ – He’s wicked radical and the world needs a radical today.