So what does God actually look like??? -These question marks punctuate a profound theological question. As Christians, if we allow ourselves the freedom to respond with the simple child-like faith that God calls us to, we find the answer. Our God looks like Jesus. Whenever we have a question about God’s character or His posture towards humanity, all we need to do is look to Jesus as our divine reference point. Famous preachers, our own religious preferences and even trusted denominational doctrines are not reliable points of reference for what God looks like; only His Son is qualified to show us the Father.
Then… that moment comes when we realize that we are indeed becoming more -and more free… We find ourselves experiencing a level of freedom that we never even knew existed. We smile, a few tears roll down our checks and we think to ourselves, “This must be what ‘Real Freedom’ looks like.”
Patience… Contemplation… Wrestling… Wisdom… Trust… Faith… in the wilderness. I am learning that this is what it looks like for me to follow Jesus.
Forgiveness is NOT simply giving the offender a “pass” on their misbehavior and looking the other way. Forgiveness is God’s blueprint for enabling us to heal and begin the path towards emotional, spiritual and even physical health and happiness.
God gave you a free will and the ability to make choices for yourself. Do not believe the lie that “things just happen” and everything in your life is completely out of your control. That is a stupid theology/philosophy to live your life by. -I am just being honest…
During my journey of discovery I have learned that many of my actions are dictated by fear. “Fear?” you might ask. -Yes I know. I was a bit surprised when I discovered this about myself as well. I have never considered myself to be a fearful person. However, as I unraveled the motives that play into my everyday life I found fear to be a central motivator. I would imagine that this would be no surprise to a well trained, well seasoned psychologist.
Am I writing a blog post that compares modern day christians to the pagan Greeks and Trojans who worshiped false mythological gods? Why yes, I sure am. Last night, my wife and I watched the movie “Troy” for the fist time. For various reasons, we are not typically drawn to movies like this, but …