says the Teacher,
Everything is meaningless”
Yesterday I watched the CNN interview of Victoria Jackson’s comments on the controversial gay kiss on Glee. I don’t know who she is or how she suddenly became the Christian voice but she was clearly upset about this kiss and went on in her interview to say “muslims kill gays…muslims hate God and gays hate His word” all while waving a Bible in her hand.
Is this what God had in mind when he said “love your neighbor?”
When King Solomon wrote the book of Ecclesiastes he was questioning his life. Having attained great wealth and wisdom, all the things of this world, he still felt empty. And ultimately he drew the conclusion that there is no meaning in anything without God.
But God has been reduced to fit agendas, He has been reduced to fit into our churches, and our limited understanding of who He is. Some question my need to question God, saying God is beyond our understanding, but then those same people seem to claim they know God and what he wants because they rely on the Bible. The infallible word of God.
A book that has been translated and interpreted so many times, that the original intent may have been lost. A book that some say should be read literally, and some say should not be read literally. Learned theologians who reach entirely different conclusions. Educated pastors who lead churches with opposite messages. So is it like a salad bar? Take what I like and leave the rest? Pick and choose the Bible verses that serve my agenda? Leaving me so confused that I wonder…what does one do when God becomes meaningless?
And then there’s Jesus… who came to teach us how to love others, how to be in a relationship with others so we could ultimately have a relationship with God. Jesus, who died for us, to bridge the gap between a perfect God and a sinful world. And I cling to that truth. That one truth that God is love. And any message that causes me to step away from love, any message that encourages hate, intolerance and divisiveness is not from God. And how do I know this? Because the Bible tells me so.
1 John 4:16 God is love.