Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Figuring God Out
As I was working on the About Us section of the website, and trying valiantly to find a picture to put next to "Christian Education" (I did, but I never figured out how to add it), I happened across this, and it got me thinking.
How many times do we do this? How many times do *I* do this? Put God into a box. Think that we have our faith and our God all figured out. Sometimes this extends to how we do things in church. We have it "figured out" until somebody or something forces us to ask "Why?".
I think that this is one of the things that really drove Jesus nuts with the Pharisees. Sometimes we (myself included) are busy pegging them as the "bad guys", and forget that they did love God, they wanted to be the "good guys", and spent a lot of time and energy trying to do the right things. Which is commendable. So what drove Jesus up a wall with them? They had "figured out" God and their faith "with nice lines and definitions". They may have followed the letter of the law (or their additional rules), but they didn't follow the Spirit of the law.
I think of Jesus in these times like a parent or a teacher that is trying and trying to get students/children to understand something, to really understand it. And sometimes you have a person who is bright, and talented, and you know that they can do it, but they just aren't understanding, and sometimes are stubbornly insisting that you have no idea what you are talking about. I sometimes imagine Jesus thinking, "Come on!! I know that you can do it. Just look beyond those lines and definitions!".
Maybe I'm wrong in my previous thoughts, but I feel that we have a challenge. We need to show a living, vibrant faith and like any good relationship, we never have the other party completely figured out, otherwise we don't grow.
I want to leave you with a song that this subject makes be think of. I hope that you enjoy it.
More Like Falling in Love
Blessings on your journey,