I just came in from my morning walk.
My devotions led me to this.
Those of us who follow after God in the Way of Jesus just have to get used to it.
Our God is “unconventional.” Our God doesn’t do things “right.” If God did things “right” he would have come as Caesar, not as some vagabond preacher who practiced an odd religion in an obscure place in a backward time. If our God did things “right” there would be none of this “do you love me?”, then “feed my sheep” stuff. Instead it would be “I am King and your freedom and choices about love don’t matter.”
And there would be no storms.
And there would be no disease.
And there would be no poverty.
And there would be no death.
And….there would be no faith.
Everyone would “believe.” There would be no choice.
But wait a minute!
Isn’t the conventional what the Kings of the earth practice? Aren’t they into power and pomp and prestige? Don’t they promise, in sometimes convoluted ways, to end poverty, disease, death, and even storms (or at least build us all a storm shelter)?
That’s the conventional and please allow me an observation.
It could hardly be more screwed up.
Our unconventional God is into humility. Our God who doesn’t do things “right” desires reconciliation, “the sea shall be no more.” Our strange God offers forgiveness as the way forward. The only way forward. And our humble, forgiving, ever faithful to God’s self, God makes these things possible by love. Through love. In Love.
And the most unconventional thing of all?
That you and I are God’s allies. We are “co-conspirators” in plotting goodness. We are the vessels through whom our unconventional God, and God’s “platform”, are made known!
And we are growing to be ok with that.