What does your God look like?

My dad and I started to get into a discussion about homosexuality.  Generally, this is not a good idea because I am a “crazy liberal” (according to him) and he is a “cold hearted conservative” (according to me).  This is especially not good when we’re trying to have a nice lunch together. 

He started to say something about wanting to get out of America before God got all wrathy on us like he did with Sodom.

“Um, I don’t believe God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of homosexuality…” I stated.  Well, I kind of stated.  I more whispered it.  He’s a big dude.

“What?!?”

“I read a book one time… it said that it was destroyed because of inhospitable, they weren’t very nice to people who needed help.  Which may still be a reason to get out of dodge…”

“God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of men wanting to have sex with angels, Marie.  It’s in the Bible.

See.  Whenever he comes at me with that italicized “you should be smarter than this” tone, I turn into The Freaking Incredible Hulk filled with all kinds of rage.  It’s like a button.  And he went there.  And he pushed it.

“It’s also in the Bible that there are other reasons for God’s anger towards those cities.  And I will find it.  And prove it to you!”

My dad then left to go prove me wrong.  And I continued eating lunch.  We never continued the conversation, because I’m sure that in his research he realized I was right.  I didn’t have to point out that God was going to destroy them before the gay sex with angels, and that most references to Sodom and Gomorrah throughout the Bible refer to their inability to be hospitable.  Matthew 10:14-15, Ezekiel 16:48-50.

(Clarification, I’m FAR from a Bible scholar, and fully realize that I could be very wrong, but this does make more sense to me than a God who destroys people because of homosexuality.  However, the part about God destroying things period is still having to settle into my head)

I wonder when we’re going to quit focusing on the God that we create, and that says what we want Him to say.  During all of this gay marriage talk, and how much God hates it I can’t help but think that it wasn’t that long ago that mixed marriages were considered the same type of abomination in God’s eyes.  And all of that anger and hatred was supported “by the Bible”.  And now you’d be hard pressed to find a Christian leader anywhere say that it was against God’s will to marry outside of your race. 

I guess I wonder where Christian’s humility is.  What happened to atleast considering the possibility that we hold beliefs that may be… wrong.  Not because we serve a God who is ever wrong, but that we are people and we make mistakes.  And we cannot ever comprehend God, no matter how fully we believe, trust and have faith. 

I wonder how we can acknowledge how big, great and wonderous God is, and at the same time believe we honestly have everything figured out. How did our beliefs become, not strong, but rigid?  How are we so sure that we are so right about everything?  Especially when we’ve been so wrong so many times before.

When did we become so proud?

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3 thoughts on “What does your God look like?

  1. Secret Agent "CT" says:

    Where do you work again? I mean the location. If you work downtown, we should go to lunch together sometime!

    Oh a totally different note, my work is putting up a HUGE inflatable outside today… This should be interesting. Maybe it’ll be on the news!

  2. Shelly says:

    I agree with you Marie. The men didn’t want to have sex with the angels until they got there to destroy it so that can’t be the reason for destroying it.

  3. mckinneyoatescereal says:

    Shelly, I am going to need you to refine my argument for me, and then I’m going to need you to present it to my dad. You know, do that lawyer-ey thing that you do 😀

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