A week or so ago, this article showed up on my social medial feed.
The headline caught my attention.
Democrats Have Created an ‘Imaginary God.’
If the article is correct in reflecting Rev. Jeffress’ comments and beliefs then it seems that the God he follows….the real God is only concerned about abortion and Israel, and not about the women who suffer through the decision making and emotional struggle of having an abortion and not about the Palestinains and the Syrian refugees and the migrants at our borders.
I am sure he believes he is right.
And, that I am wrong.
I am sure he knows all about the real God.
While I continue to question and struggle and search to deepen my understanding of that which we know and name as God.
I am sure he believes God loves Christians more than others.
While I believe God loves the whole world. No exceptions.
Beware of people who read the Parable of the Good Samaritan and grapple with what it means for us today. Beware of people who take Jesus seriously when he said, “Whatever you do for one of the least of these, you did it to me.” Beware of those who believe in an ethic which says you should treat others with respect and that you should not abuse women and that all fall within the circle of God’s love. Beware of all those people because they are not really Christian. Beware of people like me.
All in all, I guess I will continue to follow an imaginary God.
A God who calls me towards compassion and inclusion and welcome and all having a place at the table. I guess I will continue to follow an imaginary God who weeps over abortions and also over the children separated from their parents at the border and the children who go to bed hungry each night and the children huddled in the remnants of a bombed out building. I guess I will continue to follow an imaginary God who loves the people of Israel, but who stands against political decisions and practices of that nation or any nation which fall short of the Kingdom. I guess I will continue to follow an imaginary God who calls us to gratitude and stewardship and justice and mercy.