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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

What About Love 3

God cannot abide evil. God hates many things -divorce, deceit, robbery, iniquity, homosexuality - "but there's nothing He hates that we would prefer He loved, or that we wished He were indifferent about". God hates what hurts us. Would a God of love be seen as otherwise?

It is easy to downsize God in our minds; in our theology; in our hearts; in our beliefs; to the manageable and manipulable, but this is no longer the God Who is "God, and not man - the Holy One among you" (Hosea 11:9) The God Who is loving is also, compassionate, faithful, forgiving, unchanging, just, patient and truthful. God is wholly other and utter holiness and this vision and revelation of God's true character is the most needed and corrective expression of God for our current society, as society struggles and copes with an ever changing and challenging view of life and love. The God we would create as a God of love is not the God revealed in Scripture. The created God of love is a trivialized and marginalized image of God Who is merely here to help us when we have difficulties, you know, the important stuff, like the closest parking stall to the mall doors, enough money for Christmas presents, the perfect dress etc. That God is just simply nice.

The true God of holiness and jealousy and wrath is the God Who exists in reality; this is a God to fear and revere; this is Marcion's God - Who is portrayed as a nationalistic warlord, who is impulsive, unpredictable, juvenile, and bloodthirsty: this is the God Who craves the same intimacy with us that we crave with Him; this is the God Who provides the means and resources for fellowship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ, and His redemptive death on the cross for sin. This is the antidote for the poisoned view of a god of love who would allow mankind any and all freedoms.

God is bigger than all the hurts and harms and ways of man which deride His Sovereignty and Majesty. With God it is all or nothing, obedience is not an option.

Hosea 2:19-20, "I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in lovingkindness and mercy; I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, and you shall know the Lord."

At the start of this there was a quote, " You are asked now, by your country, and perhaps by your creator, to stand on one side or another. You are asked now to stand, not on a question of politics, not on a question of religion, not on a question of gay or straight. You are asked now to stand, on a question of love. All you need do is stand,..." We take a stand on the question as asked and answered by our Creator, we take a stand on the question as asked and answered by our religion and we take a stand on the question as asked and answered by love.

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