It all began a few years back. I could not understand how people talked about the same God, read the same bible, yet came to completely different ideas of who God was. Some said (and still do) that He is a crazy ruler, ready to strike you down at any moment. Some said (and still do) that He is a lover that will let you do anything you want. Some said this and some said that, and the world was a very confusing place to be.
Who was God and how could I really find out who He was?
As I started to grow in the church, I began to see different people had different views. I also saw how these people who held these views so dearly were never able to agree with each other. It seemed funny to me how they could talk about peace and at the same time, almost come close to starting World War III. My friend the other day put it the best on Facebook when she said:
“I asked my neighbor if he could help me jump start my car, he said he couldn’t because he had to be at church in 10 minutes.”
See, for a time and still today, I cannot comprehend what seems to be complete contradictions. I do not say this to judge (because I’m sure I’m a living contradiction). I say it because it seems we have become so ardent in defending a certain idea, that we have forgotten about the Creator or the true. meaning behind the idea.
So as I’ve worked with people in and outside the church, I must ask, could it be that we have missed the opportunity to know God because our own idea of God does not fit who He really is? Could it be that because we are so eager to defend one idea, a characteristic of who He is, that we have missed the whole point of who God is? Could it be that our ideas, our ideologies, our political views, our view of religion have become our god(s)? Could it be that our idea of God, is keeping us from seeing the real God?
Israel missed Jesus because He did not fit their mold, could it be that we are missing knowing God because He does not fit our mold?
Then God said,“Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; ?male and female he created them. Gen 1:26-27 (NIV)
You and I were created at the image of God, not the other way around. I know we want to make everything fit, that we like the characteristics of God that go with our traits, and those that we do not like we want to throw them out. Yet God is much bigger than you or me, He can be loving and just at the same time. Remember He created us, and not the other way around. Let us stop creating a God that looks like us and let us get to know the real God.
When we come to God, let us come open minded. Let us put aside how we think God should be, and let us go to the scriptures and find whom He really is. In this new year, I ask you, put aside your gods, and meet God. Don’t create a god into your own image, but go and find the Creator of this earth, the one that has given you dominion over the earth and all around you. Let us remember we are the creation and God is the Creator. Search not for your own idea of God, but for the reality of God.
May we put aside our differences and our own ideas and find God this new year. May we be able to dialogue with each other, because now we have one goal and one thing in our sight to find Jesus, to find God.