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Friday, November 29, 2013

Unfortunate Reversals

The kind of universal love advocated by Christ tempers and stretches our hearts and minds to encompass a truly transcendent form of love. (Through the Year with Jimmy Carter, page 335).

It is often pointed out the God spelled backwards is dog. No doubt there are some dog lovers that hold their dog in greater esteem than God. Another reversal stems from 1 John 4:8 – Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. The reversal transacted here is that as “God is love” likewise “love is God.” Many Christians wince at this latter construction essentially because we see love as sourced in God not man. That is, if no human existed (or any animal that loves) then we believe that the love of God would remain, as indeed God would remain. If “love is God” then I can construct an idol of love—call him “Bunny”. Now all types of love that can consume the human heart and mind can be projected upon and imbued within this idol. This perversion of divinity into whatever my mind and emotions can conjure up is repulsive to believers who sense an absolute and eternal nature in the Creator God. In fact, such human idolatry is the essential problem with all idol worship.

My challenge for us on this day after Thanksgiving is to set our thoughts on the source of life and be thankful for the divinity that abides outside and beyond ourselves and exceeding that which we can ever construct—to bow in worship to God not man.

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