“If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things.” Romans 8:31.32. (NIV)
Today, it seems, brutal gods are on the rise. They are, like the Borg of the Star Trek movies, bent on conquering, subduing and humiliating.
You never know where you stand with them: will they save you, assimilate you, or barbecue you forever? Deep down in your heart you know very well that they are not to be trusted. You can’t love them either because you do not actually know who they are. Those macho gods might just as well be demons in disguise.
I love the vulnerable God. There is and there has always been only one of the kind. Those who met Him tell us that he loved people so much that He risked everything for them: His own kingdom, His reign, even His own life as He merged his fate with ours – and all of it to draw us somehow back to His embrace. He acted like a true lover wanting to demonstrate his love for his estranged wife, saying – “I would rather die than be without you!”
What a difference between my God and those other, bullying gods. You know you are safe with Him. He is worth following. But I do wonder why is a vulnerable God so offensive to many, while macho gods have a large following? What is wrong with us that we often find the gods of abuse more attractive than the One who comes to us with an embrace of a true lover?
The late Irish TV comedian Dave Allen used to finish each of his TV shows by a farewell – “May your god go with you!” May they indeed. But as for me I dare not go with any one of them. Instead, I will keep trusting in my vulnerable God, in this life and the one to come.