Human arrogance is a startling thing.
How is it possible that we can become wrapped up in ourselves to such a degree that we can mock the One who created us?
Last week, in response to those who’ve been vocal about the need to pray over the recent spate of terrorist attacks worldwide, the New York Daily News headline declared,
God isn’t fixing this!
Wow. Just wow.
First of all, to presume that any human knows what God is doing behind the scenes, and through a situation like a terrorist attack, is ridiculous.
But the thing that’s even more insane is the scornful attitude about God that can produce such a headline. THAT is a scary place to be, a place even more terrifying the prospect of terrorism coming your hometown. It’s an attitude that heaps scorn on the Almighty, who WILL NOT be mocked. (Galatians 6:7).
Meek and mild, loving Jesus once said this:
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. – Matthew 10:28
He’s talking about God there, not some crazed terrorist. He’s saying that even though you live in a very scary world, never forget that your life is daily in the hands of a very scary God. Yes, I said scary and God in the same sentence.
He’s scary because…
- He’s unimaginably superior to you.
- He’s entirely pure, while you are not.
- He’s qualified to render judgment on you, me, and every person throughout history, and He will.
- He is WORTHY of respect, honor, and worship, and we humans so seldom give it.
There are lots of reasons for God to be ticked, yet, with a kind of mercy that only He could have, He makes a way for our deserved punishment to be absolved. So while He IS scary, He is also kind, kind enough to divert His wrath from us by pouring it out on someone who can take it, Someone who wanted to take it for us.
THAT is yet another reason to be scared.
How do you feel when you’ve gone out of your way to do something really cool for someone and they respond with indifference, or even outright animosity?
We know that God is incapable of the first two. But I’m pretty sure He feels that last one regularly.
He’s done everything to make our self-inflicted plight curable, and we arrogant humans reject it consistently (not all of us, but you know what I’m getting at). That is SO unlike the god of Islam, the god of terrorism. The true God, the Father of Jesus, has taken deliberate action to fix things. And He’s still fixing the mess, every day. In fact, He already has.
But the same arrogance that generates a scathingly irreverent headline rejects God’s solution, Jesus Christ.
I’m joining those who are asking people to pray about these terrorist acts that are going on.
But my request is that you pray for US – that we will be grateful for what God HAS done and IS doing to fix things.
And I ask that you pray for THEM (the terrorists) to see that His kindness extends all the way to them, that the god they are “serving” is false.