I was re-reading The Signature of Jesus by Brennan Manning and I ran across the following passage,
“The question is, do I worship God or do I worship my experience of God? Do I worship god or do I worship my idea of him? If I am to avoid a narcotic approach to religion that forces me to stagger from experience to experience hoping for bigger and better things, I must know what I believe apart from the nice or nasty feelings that may or may not accompany such a belief.”
In light of today’s American Christianity, I love this quote. I am not suggesting that we as a nation are not seeking God. (Well, maybe I am.) I am saying very specifically that there is a danger that seeking God as he is sought in the United States has lend some level of truth to Karl Marx’s “Religion is the opiate of the masses.” Why? Well because we are being conditioned to look for a God that works magic and that brings us to the mountaintop, totally separate from the God the human who was sacrificed for the enduring love and redemption of his people who are called after his name. When we do not get that warm and fuzzy from the Preacher/Pastor/Teacher, we will stop listening to them and move on to another. A wonderful sister of mine used to pray that God would not send her on missionary tours to anywhere that is hot and had bugs. I thought this was funny, but very indicative of our feelings toward God in a very human way.
Reading this passage in Manning really caused me pause. I had to reflect on my own approach to God. What is my relationship with Him. How and why do I worship him. I thank him frequently in advance for the breakthroughs he’s allowing in my life. But, do I thank Him often enough for just being God.
He said to Job:
41:34 [And now, Job, who are ou who dares not arrouse the unmastered crocodile, yet who dares resist Me, the beast’s Creator, to My face? Everything under the heavens is Mine; therefore, who can have claim against God?
42:1-6 1 Then Job said to the LORD, 2 I know that You can do all things, and that no thought or purpose of Yours can be restrained or thwarted. 3 [You said to me] Who is this counsel [by words] without knowledge? Therefore, [I now see] I have [rashly] uttered that I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. 4 [I had vitually said to You what You have said to me:] Hear, I beseech You and I will speak; I will demand of You and You declare to me. 5 I had heard of You [only] by the hearing of the ear, but now my [spiritual] eye sees You. 6 Therefore I loathe [my words] and abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes.
Before we go off in a more organized tangent this evening, I wanted to share this thought with you. I wonder if we really approached the LORD almighty as He portrays himself, if we would be satisfied with a relationship built on our own selfish needs and desires that inspires us to God, “Hear, I beseech You and I will speak; I will demand of You and You declare to me.” Hmmm…this is what I will be meditating on today.
Just wanted to share…Have a great day!