Posts Tagged ‘ God ’

Perspective:Excitement

A.W. Tozer, in his book Of God and Man, writes;

If He is who and what the Christian message declares Him to be, then the thought of Him should be the most exciting, the most stimulating, to enter the human mind.

What Tozer calls us to is to first, see God as who God is not as who we have made God to be.  And to second,  be excited when we those real thoughts of God come into our life. Taking these words to heart is imperative for living a whole life. We, as Christians, want to be excited at the thought of God, but what often happens is that our minds and hearts are convoluted with negative thoughts about what we perceive God to be rather than who God is.  We sometimes get lost in thinking God is a divine police officer who is waiting behind the billboard so he can arrest us for speeding. Sometimes we see God as a cosmic vending machine who simply provides what we need in a non-relational way (and we then get upset, disappointed, or disillusioned when he does not respond with what we want when we push E7 = going to church or A5 = service). Both of these views – and many others – take the relational aspect of God away and are the product of the god our culture – and subsequently churches and theologies – have shaped. God is more than just relational, but God is also always relational. He does not turn off on trait for the sake of another, they are in a constant mix. Although God as judge may at a time be more potent than God is father, He is indeed both at once.

Another implicit value within Tozer’s words is the ability to listen and be aware of God.  Before we can be excited, we must listen. I cannot be excited about my relationships with my friends unless I am taking time to listen to them or to think and remember – listening to the past –  who they are. This is true in our relationship with God, we must remove the distractions, silence our hearts, and find excitement in the now and then presence of God.

Hip Hop 4 tha Soul.

This song reminds me of my relationships of my wife; all the fun we had while dating and all the fun we are having as a family.  Enjoy.

God in a Box?

Recently I have been wondering about the personhood and magnitude of God and a question came to my mind. In our attempts to “not put God in a box” we are actually still trying to put our own attributes or desire of God on God? Is it that we really believe in a transcendent God who is beyond our imagination and human conception or do we want God to be out of the box so that we can feel as if we have the liberty to do whatever we want to do? Or is an “out of the box God” one that we use to comfort us when things go wrong – thus trying to escape acknowledging that this world has fallen from what it was created to be and that we – in Christ – have a role in pursing the redemption and reconciliation of the world?

What if God really is “in a box”? Even if one of His own creation and desire? If God is omnipotent – all powerful – , yet He limits himself and chooses to do things in certain ways (i.e. redeeming the world through a Messiah, Jesus), can we then assume that God is boxing himself in? At least in his interaction with us – his creation? This does not have to be negative; God is interacting with us in the way we need to be interacted with. Just because he is limiting himself doesn’t mean that He is a limited being.

Thoughts?

Death.

Recently,  my family, those around me and I have been surrounded by the presence of death. Either through family members, friends or other conversations. It is difficult because the typical contemporary Christian understanding of death is to try to turn a Christian’s death into a joyful occasion – perhaps this is because of the theology that deemed the “kingdom” as some other”ness” and post earthly experience.  But I deeply struggle to find this comforting or biblical.

From what I have read and experienced, death should be hard. Our lord Jesus wept at the death of his friend. Mourning is undervalued in our age and culture maybe because we belittle death. Yes, as a Christian there is something beyond rotting in the ground, but the hard reality is that person, that life, is no longer there. The joys of stupid jokes from that person are not there, the experiences of watching friends wince at that person’s awkward moments are not there, the late night conversations are not there, the feelings of skin against yours as you embrace your friend are not there. The person is not there; a portion of one’s community is gone. Death, even if merely physical and temporary for the Christian, is the opposite of what God ultimately desires; thus, it should causes us pain, draw tears from our eyes and simply feel wrong.

It perhaps is in this feeling of disarray, frustration and loss that I find I must turn to a God who shares in my mourning and has the power to bring redemption, even to death. My joy then is not so much in the fact that my Christian loved ones are instantly in heaven – a theologically complex issue- , or that I will see them again – though this is very true and an element of my joy –  but that my God is bigger than death.

The Gospel of Obama

As featured on “Musical Soul Food” radio show

The Pledge of Allegiance describes our country as “one nation, under God.” And our Declaration of Independence speaks of the equality of men.

Now listen as Juanita Bynum, Donnie McClurkin, William Murphy, and others honor the man who represents these important founding principles of our country … as well as our best hopes for the future.

A Gospel Tribute to President Barack Obama is a one-of-a-kind musical celebration that will both inspire you in your faith and make you proud to be an American.  Order your copy today.

ilovegospelmusic.com reported that they are releasing a Gospel album dedicated to Barack Obama.

Really?

Really?

Last time I looked Obama was a new president who is proving himself , but he hasn’t done anything incredible yet.

More importantly the Gospel is the Good News of Jesus Christ.  I understand that it is a musical genre, but I suggest that Gospel Music has lost its soul to commercialism  and consumerism and has become simply another style of music that isn’t always representative of true worship of God and thus sacrilegiously using the term “Gospel”.

When we lose this grasp on Gospel music we loose the essense of why we clap our hands, why we dance, and why we sing. In many ways when we lose the focus of Gospel music, we become worshipers of idols rather than God.

Perhaps a better tittle would be a Musical Tribute to Barack Obama. Although premature, I can deal with that.  But Gospel is more than a style it is more than Sunday morning music on BET. It is worshiping the Almighty God.

Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

–Reinhold Niebuhr