Saturday, August 1, 2009

More Stuff That Made Me Think

We've had some interesting discussions at PCC and at small group lately. How do we reconcile a God who offers love, grace and forgiveness to everyone with our human desire for fairness, revenge and justice?

God is love.

It's easy to say. Some of us learned it with flannel-graph images in musty Sunday School rooms. Others picked it up from Oprah, or New Age teachings, or just general random-acts-of-kindness concepts.

He loves everyone.

It's easy to say. But when it's in our face - when those who God loves are different from us, perhaps radically opposed to things that we hold dear, or even offensive - the words choke us.

God is love. God is good. And He loves everyone.




"I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2.1-4

Thanks to Andy Sikora for this link, and thanks to folks like Michael Gungor - who writes amazing worship music - and Goodwin Films for being creative.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

A good reminder, especially when the courts allow a child to go with someone you dont think is where they should be. Reminder God is love and loves this person too. God has all our best interests at heart. Trust and Faith come into play.

Patty P said...

God doesn't belong to any political party.

annie said...

Hi Beth, I am (again) catching up on my blog reading and wanted to let you know I enjoyed this video. They definitely did not have this flannelgraph set in my younger SS days!! Thanks.