by Dan Davis – Director of Maintenance/Valpo FUMC
Why do people do some of the things that they do? The first two lines of today’s reading are: From a failure properly to understand God comes a world of unhappiness among good Christians even today.
The Christian life is thought to be a glum, unrelieved cross-carrying under the eye of a stern Father who expects much and excuses nothing.” As I read this, my blood begins to boil. I will admit it. I was quickly becoming down right upset. As I continue on, I learn that the author is stating what he finds to be libelous notions that must be a parody on the true life of Christ. Whew !!! Once I came to calm, I paused for a moment to really think about that. Just reading those first few lines moved me so that I couldn’t help but to seriously reflect on it.
I asked myself, how could a ‘good Christian’ live in a world of perpetual unhappiness? That thought brought to mind the fact that for all of the years I have worked in a church, I can tell you without hesitation that if you’re looking for someone who displays this kind of unhappiness, with discord, strife, hatred, and discontent, simply go to church. You will find them there. Without exception, never have I worked in a church when those elements were not present in some capacity, by at least one member of the congregation.
It’s quite a sad thought, I know, but perhaps this stems from their failure to properly understand God. Or is it perhaps a failure to properly know God? It makes perfect sense. Knowing about Him and personally knowing Him are in fact two different things. In my experiences, I find that this dynamic is what separates those who function with the negativity I spoke of, and those who choose to walk in God’s image.
I firmly believe that God is easy to live with. He gives us everything necessary to accomplish that, so that we may execute it in our daily lives. Therefore, my question is this; why is it that even though some of these self-proclaimed Christians know what God’s will is, and how to walk in God’s grace, they still choose to function otherwise? It makes me wonder….