Ashley and I ran errands on Saturday, one of many days when the rain just didn’t let up. Getting a 7 month old baby in and out of the car on a rainy day is for the birds, so daddy played taxi and mommy ran in and out of the stores. As I waited in the car, I noticed the other people crazy enough to get out in this weather. I kept thinking, “Couldn’t all this just wait?” No. Everyone had to get what they needed when they needed it. The world keeps on turning.
But, I did notice something disturbing (not really). An overwhelming majority of people that I witnessed going to and from their cars went into the stores without a raincoat or umbrella. Each of them came out with purchases—items that cost much more than a typical Totes umbrella. It amazed me that people went about, as if it wasn’t raining, but still upset that they were soaking wet. Unbelievable. Okay, I’m done…
24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the degrading of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. —Romans 1
Look, God let’s us live the way we want. That’s no secret and it’s extremely obvious given the current trends in the world. Therefore, God gives us over to these things, not forcing us to do his will, because if he did, then it wouldn’t be love he was offering.
God’s is looking for those who will connect with his gift—his only begotten Son dying on the cross (willingly) for our sin. He did it FOR us because he LOVES us. But if he has to force that love, then there is no lesson to learn, no gratitude to be had, no love to offer back to him. This is a relationship. The Christian message is simply this: God is Creator. We are his creation. He loves us. We loved him, but fell away. And ever since the garden, God has been chasing after us, wooing us back to him and letting us cooperate in this original relationship. Christianity isn’t a “new thing” or even an old thing. It’s the original thing, the intention of God. I say, let’s put on the raincoat, open the umbrella, block the rain and stay dry. It’s the way we fight the rain and discomfort, the flood and the destruction.