Reviews & Profiles
Living and Loving it: As we ask God where He is, where are we?
Posted Monday, October 7 2013 at 00:00
One of the pieces that ran a week ago and that I read and liked so much was a letter in the Sunday Nation that was written by R.A. Massie-Blomfield. The headline of Massie’s letter was, “Why did God allow a folly like Westgate to visit us?” She was not blaming God or questioning Him. Rather, she was wondering why people were complaining about why He had allowed such horror and carnage. She asked, “Can a society that fosters a culture of impunity be the least surprised when God shows us that He is not mocked?”
Massie is right. I found myself nodding at every sentence she had written as I agreed entirely with her. That very weekend her article run, I had been asking the same thing. Many times, when things go bad, we ask, “Where is God?” But we also need to ask ourselves, have we been doing our part as God asks us to? Before you say, God has forsaken me, ask yourself, “Have I been praying without ceasing, reading the word and applying it to my life consistently?” We forget that believing in God is more than just a statement.
We want to have the fun of going to a cool church and having a crutch to lean on, praying to Him when things are hard. But we do not want to do what he asks of us, stop fornicating and cheating on our spouses or to stop dealing in fraud.
We like to quote the verses that make us feel good. I am sure most Christians know Jeremiah 29:11 by heart. So let’s say it together, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” We quote it when it we are seeking a job, car, promotion or scholarship.
But how many of us know 1 Thessalonians 5:18? It says, “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” That verse does not ask us to give thanks to God only when we have received what we asked for. It says in EVERYTHING, good or bad, asked or unasked for.
I do not know to how many weddings I have been where the verses of 1 Corinthians 13:4-13 are read. And so the spouses promise to love and with that love they will not envy, be proud, dishonour or be easily angered. They will be kind, boast in the truth, always trust, hope and persevere. But do they or do they at least try to? So if you do not remember those vows you made before God and seek to keep and work at them with His help, why then do you curse Him when things go wrong?
We really are such hypocrites. We pray to God, asking him that we pass the exams, that he heals our sick child, that he provides money and so much more. Then he does so. But do we go back on our knees to thank him? Do we give him tithe when we get the job? Do we lead our children in His paths when he delivers them from that great illness? Then why do we blame him when we do not do any of that and evil befalls us?
As Massie said, God will not be mocked. And I shall end with a quote of C.S. Lewis that she too quoted: “Christianity, if false is of no importance, and, if true of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important.”