I spoke on something yesterday that can be quite controversial among Christians. In fact, to put forward what I suggested is similar to walking into a mine-field. So, why did I venture into dangerous territory?
Taking Personal Responsibility
Let me say quite clearly and definitely that I am more than sure that I don’t understand or comprehend God’s Sovereignty (Theo speak for Control of Affairs of Men).
However, I am coming to an increasingly firm belief that many Christians (maybe you) have a different definition of the word “Sovereignty” as it relates to God’s relationship with His spiritual family that’s flawed.
Here’s How I Define God’s Sovereignty
I believe God has sovereignly chosen to give mankind free-will and to submit Himself to man’s choices….
Unless we invite Him into the events of our lives to exercise His wisdom and power to redeem and restore. I know this raises some questions that rise beyond “my pay grade” but it has answered more questions for me than cause unanswerable questions.
God Does Not Violate His Gift and Privilege of Free Will
Here’s a common “spiritual” statement that sounds God honoring. It sounds like “faith in God.” In sounds so sincere and I’m sure it is.
“God has here who He wants to be here.”
The quizzical thing to me is that I never hear it said (or have never said it, previously myself) when the church, or the special meeting, conference, or concert is packed out. It’s only said, when the numbers of people in attendance is low.
To say that means that you believe that God somehow manipulated circumstances in the lives of some people to be there and didn’t want anyone else to attend or else they would be there.
(Before you want to burn me at the stake because you think I’m making God less God-like….think about for a minute. Honestly think about what your words are logically reflecting.)
So, why did I make it a topic of my last sermon, and why would I follow up by devoting a blog post to it?
Because, we need to learn to take more serious responsibility in our lives. And we need to stop attributing the lacks in life to the work of God and His Sovereignty. It’s giving God a bad rap, and it’s allowing us to not mature.
You Must Have Needed It
This statement is part of another common statement that I believe is deeply flawed. More completely it is, “Don’t worry. God is in control. You must have needed for this to happen.”
Again, I don’t believe that actually nurtures trust. It’s also interesting that that is a statement that is connected to a negative circumstance in life. I know we are trying to be encouraging to someone else…or ourselves. But we too often lay things at God’s doorstep that He did not have anything to do with.
Why do we say these things? Because we think they sound God honoring. Because we feel like we need to try to make sense of everything that goes on in our lives. We need, instead, to invite God to walk with us through and out of the mess. A negative result that, more than likely is the fruit of the flesh, a poor decision, or the devil.
The sad thing is…a whole lot of weird, unscriptural teachings have resulted from man trying to explain the unexplainable.
I’d like to conclude this “hairy topic” by saying that God is not responsible for a positive outcome to your circumstances. You are. I am….by how we respond to the circumstance.
Let me ask you a question to ponder for yourself:
What if you believed that you already have God-given control in your life. How would it affect your life each day, week, or year?