I forget now exactly who said what, that inspired this post… and if you were the one, comment on it and let me know it was you ;-). This really has to do with the idea that there are people out there who want to believe in a loving God but not necessarily a Just God! What I mean to say is, there are some people who find it hard to believe that a loving God would send people to a place of eternal torment just for screwing up here and there.
I heard or read this story somewhere that really put things in perspective for me about that. This is kinda how the story goes. People everywhere are under authority no matter who you are you answer to someone. So here is this hypothetical situation that shows what being under that authority looks like and how it might play out.
Let us say that you woke up in the morning and it wasn’t a good morning and the coffee maker broke and shoelaces snapped and you went out to the car and someone had defecated on the hood of it and just like your shoelaces something inside you snapped and you really had a strong urge to slap someone up-side the head! So you pulled into the coffee shop… since you had no coffee, and the person in line in front of you couldn’t decide between a latte with whole or skim milk, and the line was backing up and, well you just hauled off and slapped them upside the head. You might end up with a verbal tongue lashing or a black eye or even being escorted out of the coffee shop, without your coffee.
Now you get outside and there is a Policeman writing you a parking ticket and you still have this intense desire to slap someone …sooo . Now you end up with a nightstick across your back and these handcuffs clicked on around your wrists. Because the level of authority went up, the repercussions of your actions were more severe.
Now lets say the President of the United States of America is having a fundraiser in your town that night and once you were released on bail, the intensity of “needing to slap someone” has risen to the point of blinding your mind and you decide to go and meet the President and decide to jump out of the crowd in an effort to get close enough to slap him in the head. The Secret Service detecting a threat, pull out their weapons and shoot you dead.
The people around the event who have witnessed these bizarre actions have no problem at all believing your dead. The Secret Service feel no guilt in taking those actions to protect the President from an unknown assailant and the court system never even sees a court case regarding the incident.
The God of the Universe, creator of all things, who has had nothing but love and mercy intended for you, instead is ignored, ridiculed, defamed, and rejected by you. You didn’t want to have any part in what He was about.
God is where all authority comes from, He gave the President his authority and when someone tried to usurp it, they were shot dead.
Food for Thought…