If Your God Is…

If Your God Is:

For A Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike, when diplomatic options still exist

More concerned about transgendered soldiers than collateral damage in Seoul

Speaking the same words about America as Babylonian, Egyptian, and Roman gods said about their rulers

Silent while the world stumbles toward unimaginable suffering

Always looking for someone to blame or kill

Your God isn’t the Judeo-Christian God.  You worship power. At the end of the day, you believe in doing whatever it takes to maintain the chaotic status quo. 

Your god (by your own reasoning):

Would have taken Jesus off the cross

Massacred Pilate and the Roman soldiers

Led a rebellion and revolution against Herod

Stoned the woman caught in adultery

Called down fire against Jesus’ enemies

 Looks nothing like Jesus Christ and the God we meet in the New Testament

1 John 3:18-20
Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 

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A Poem About Robert Jeffress and His Recent Chat With God

Robert Jeffress
Southern Baptist Imam
Who does his fatwa address?
The God Bob claims
Made him so blessed
Is listening to
this heretical mess.
A Baptist preacher,
Impeccably dressed,
Heard God say,
Kim Jong-un is an abscess,
Rip him out, it’s ok,
Don,
I’ll tell the press,
We’ll lay hands and pray,
You’ll kill millions as we profess,
And hope none of the soldiers are, well, you know, that way.

–Richard Bryant

Food for Thought-The Interview, The Christmas Story, and What if God Hacked our Emails?

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In the sixth month of her sister’s pregnancy, Mary’s life changed. Isn’t that an interesting way to begin the story? Luke doesn’t tell us that Mary’s life was forever altered and, “oh, by the way, this happened while her sister was also pregnant.” No, Mary’s journey begins within a larger story (the one of Zechariah and Elizabeth), one that isn’t hers at all. Mary’s encounter with God’s messenger begins almost as an afterthought to some other divine grand design. What does this mean? Within the context of someone else’s miracle, the angel greets Mary and tells her who she is. The messenger is saying, “I know who you are and you are different from other people.” And most importantly, being different is ok. Mary is an ordinary girl with an ordinary problem. But that’s where there the difference comes into play because it’s in and with the ordinary where God works.

The thing is, we rarely, if ever, talk about Advent and Christmas in terms of an “ordinary” event. We may throw in terms “ordinary” to describe the stable, manger, or donkey. Ordinary is reserved for inanimate objects and stupid animals. In the mythology we’ve created around Christmas, we’ve created a world where everything was extraordinary. Choirs of angels, perceptive but startled shepherds, and misplaced wise men all testify to the extraordinary nature of that night. Is this because scripture says so? Or is it because we’ve written the script?

It’s widely believed the North Korean government was involved in the hacking of Sony Pictures to retaliate for their film, “The Interview”. The plot, which deals with an assassination attempt on Kim Jong-un, has understandably infuriated the regime. It’s got me thinking; what does God think of all the movies, programs, plays and scripts we churn out each year which purport to tell the story of Christmas? Sometimes I think if God could hack our emails and embarrass us for making crummy movies and plays about Jesus, we might do a better job at telling the story and getting the facts right. We like to do our version of “big budget” productions. Even though we have supreme confidence in our ability to tell the Christmas story, are we accurately telling the story? Are we telling a story, when compared to reality, which might be considered offensive to the main characters or characters because it makes them appear as something they are not?