One of the alarming trends I noticed among Christians nowadays is the way they treat the entire Christian theology like it’s a supermarket. They get a cart, go around the goods on display, pick what they want, and proceed to check out. The problem is that many people pick only the shiny and colorful theologies without even bothering to check the others.
I’m talking about how churches and individual Christians pick love and grace while they systematically ignore their complementary truths like God’s sovereignty, justice, holiness, wrath and providence. We are not shoppers. Christian theology should be taken as a whole. If you get some and leave the others, it leads to an imbalance of doctrine. The result is that the love of God is purged of anything that makes it uncomfortable. It is sanitized, democratized, and worse, sentimentalized.
The democratization and sentimentalization is evident in the way we tailor God based on our own personal needs. Again, with just a quick glance at the newsfeed of your Facebook and a little note taking at the way we talk about God in our after-church conversations, we can see this all around us. Some call God their buddy, their bestfriend, their Papa Jesus, their cash dispenser, their body guard, and for many girls, their boyfriend. I’m sure you’ve heard someone say that “God is in love with you, He is crazy about you and He can’t stop thinking about you.” Que horror!
So God is now like a love-struck teenager? Where did we ever get these names for our holy God? From movies? From love songs that double as worship songs? Maybe.
The point is that because we have entertained strange and unbiblical ideas about the love of God, we have categorized God with the mundane and the ordinary. No wonder His love doesn’t surprise us anymore.
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