Whose side is God on?
Scott and I have made a habit of watching Christian television on Sunday morning. I’m not sure why. I think it is because we enjoy getting upset. If I were to base my understanding of God on what I was being taught on these programs I’d probably have a very different perspective on God. I would probably think God’s primary purpose is to help me become a success. Apparently God is on my side.
Based on what Jesus said while on earth I get the strong impression that I have a choice between joining His side and staying on my own side. The primary metaphor for God’s influence on this earth is a kingdom. Jesus came to establish His kingdom not a retail chain of SalvationMart’s.
One of the things that struck me very profoundly in recent times is the realization that the Christian faith is a lot more about God than it is about me. God is on His own side. God is looking for people who will become vessels of His love and power so that He can bring salvation and justice to this world. His first priority is not getting everyone who asks Him for a BMW a European sedan. The scriptures are pretty clear when they address the temptations of wealth. They are equally clear when they speak of the advantages of living simply. If God’s first priority is the world’s redemption why would he be motivated to burden his people with a bunch of stuff?