Faulty Image

faulty-cause-effect-propaganda_454f953115eacc50A while back, I got a call from a man who was bent out of shape because he had just been stopped on the freeway and awarded not one, but two tickets — one for speeding and one for not having his correct address on his license — total fine $278! He could not understand it because he was just speeding a “little bit” and the ticket for the address deal was just because the “Trooper was unfair and was just waiting to catch him”.  Been there; done that.

If we are really honest about how we view God, sometimes our notion of Him is that of a spiritual cop hiding behind a bush, radar gun in hand, just waiting for us to screw up so he can sock it to us. Unfortunately, because of that viewpoint many of us tend to distance ourselves from Him.  It is faulty image of God, but it is an image that I carried with me for the first 39 years of my life. That idea drove me away from Him for 20+ years. The false portrait was painted by the church of my childhood.  Shame on the people who perpetrated that image then and now; it is a lie of the worse kind! It is the same one that the Pharisees of Jesus’ day were peddling and the Neo-Pharisees continue to spread. The truth is that the big “G” in God does not stand for “Got you” it stands for “Grace”

1 Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives,2 but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them.3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery.5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his  finger.7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman.10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”11 “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” John 8:1-11 (NLT)

Why would any thinking person believe that the God, who loved you enough to die for you, would have any use for a ticket book?

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