3.11.23 / Interview with God
Hey, Calvary Fremont –
When you apply for a job, you go through an interview process to make sure you’re a good fit. The company you’re applying to has certain needs and it only makes sense that they ensure you have what it takes to supply that need. People have deep needs and God tells us that He can meet those needs. It only stands to reason that God would need to be interviewed to ensure that He can indeed meet those needs. A long-lost transcript of an interview with God was recently discovered at some politician’s home when they recovered some classified documents he had taken home. I stands for the interviewer and G stands for God.
I: God, I’d like to ask You a few questions. And I have to tell You that Your answers will determine whether or not I’ll let You into a relationship with me. OK? Here’s my first question – did You make the heavens and the earth?
G: Yes, I did.
I: Wow! The stars and the planets and the rivers and the waterfalls and all the animals?
G: Yes, I created it all.
I: Why did you create man last?
G: I saved the best for last.
I: But actually, You created the woman last.
G: Like I said, I kept the best for last. What happened is that I created a man, and then I said, “I can do better than that,” and then made a woman.
I: So, You have all power?
G: Yes, I do.
I: Then why did You create little Johnny with Downs Syndrome?
G: Man’s sinfulness causes Downs Syndrome.
I: Remember, God – I cautioned You at the beginning of this interview about what was riding on this. You got off to a good start. I like a God with all power, and I even liked that crack about creating a woman last. A deity with a sense of humor is important to me. None of those New Age gods know how to laugh. But You’re already talking about man’s sinfulness, and I don’t particularly care for that line of thought. Now, if You’re so powerful, why don’t You just overrule what You call man’s sinfulness and correct everything?
G: I don’t work like that.
I: Why not?
G: You wouldn’t understand.
I: We’re two minutes into this interview that is very important to both of us, and You’ve blamed Your creation gone haywire on man and now You’ve insulted my intelligence by saying that I wouldn’t understand Your divine mind. (Give me a break!) As far as I’m concerned – that’s two strikes against You. Let’s see how You do with this next question. Can I do anything I want without having to worry about negative consequences?
G: No, My nature and character are opposed to sin.
I: I warned You. Strike three – You’re out. (This ends the transcript.)
Men and women are created in the image of God and we have returned the compliment by seeking to create God in our image. Yet because of sin, the intellect of men and women is corrupt and distorted. When we try to create a God in our own image – that God is always small and distorted. The basic assumption that God must look like man is a flawed assumption. If God must conform to the limits of my reason, He will be a small god indeed. A God that submits to me is a really small god – a teentsy weensy god. If you somehow discover a spiritual being that will submit to you, know this – that’s not God! If you discover a spiritual being who excuses your every sin and winks at each moral failure and communicates to you that the Bible is not important and that Jesus was merely an exalted man, know this – that’s not God. A God that can attract my worship and draw forth my obedience is a big God. I want a big God and not a small god. Our God is a BIG GOD. You don’t need a small god; you need a BIG GOD. Accept no substitutes.
Be blessed and stay healthy and follow Jesus – Pastor Tim
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