As I was getting ready for a Sunday message a while back, I noticed a disturbing trend in my autocorrect. Now, typically, our autocorrect function on our phones and computers tend to give outlandish suggestions for misspelled words or even attempt to complete words we’re typing that aren’t even close. Suggestions like “taco rocket” when you were trying type “takeout food.”
But as you see below, this case was odd, to say the least. Especially because it suggested it 5 separate times. The screen shot below shows the suggestion “a God” instead of “God,” my intended use. Our autocorrect function tends to draw from common words and thoughts throughout the known iPhone community. It’s a little scary to think that this is the suggested use.
3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. —Exodus 20
As Christians, we know that once, now, and even in days to come that the truth about God can be exchanged for a lie (Romans 1). Christianity has enjoyed unparalleled success in the world, making our planet a wonderful place to live. But our message isn’t one that is meant to make people’s lives better. Our message is that we and others will worship the one, true God, the God of Israel. Why? Because God—a loving, compassionate, merciful God who has saved us from our sins—knows that we will only be our true selves if we engage in what we were created for: worship of God. In the act of worship, God is honored and we are made whole. It’s a win-win.
But when we open ourselves up to the strange and erroneous idea that there are other gods or that God is just a god, we don’t connect in truth to the One who loves us. I encourage you to take the scripture above and to ask yourself if you believe it whole-heartedly and live it out daily. There is a real and true blessing in store for those who would love God as we were created to.