Your theological understanding or perspective on if there is a God and who he is makes all the difference in the world. If you believe a creator exists but he set the universe in motion as the ultimate reality television program to set back and watch it unfold for his own devilish entertainment, you would feel like victim on the floor of the Roman coliseum fighting for your meaningless life for the entertainment of the fickle crowds.
Strangely enough the spectator god has a great deal in common with a universe without a creator which came into existence with a bang and evolves based on the odds of Las Vegas. One’s life bounces along like the little black ball on the roulette table waiting to finally come to rest in a black or red square to the celebration or dismay of those watching while it all is meaningless to the victim. No god or the spectator god makes life nothing but a spectacle to be endured.
Of course the modern world with twenty-four hour news cycles has vividly revealed the bloody vengeful good of the extremist who should “God is great” as they slaughter innocent people and end their own lives with an explosion of sacred hatred and hope of paradise for the martyr. To those in the decadent in the West, these jihadist seem to be out of their minds, but likewise they see people living in sensual sin under the watchful eye of a judgmental god just as crazy if not blind. Through the centuries blood has often been spilled to satisfy and appease the gods of judgment, and even modern advances in technology and philosophy can subdue and silence this primordial urge to seek the favor of the blood gods with scales in their hands.
Interestingly enough Christianity has a touch of the blood god because it holds to the reality of the fallen nature of the human race, and actually takes sin not a entertainment for the gods, but rather the plight of the human existence and that which separates the human race from its creator and the lover of its soul.
There is no Christianity without the issue too of blood, but not the shedding of the blood of innocent men and women, boys and girls at the edge of a sword or cowering under a blast of bullets from an AK47. No, the blood of the cross makes life and hope possible. The crucifixion of Jesus Christ on a dark Friday outside of Jerusalem as he downed the cup of the wrath of God against all sin, wickedness and evil revealed the heart and holiness of God in once transforming act. The sinless Son of God dying for his creation to open the way back to the garden for those created in his image. His resurrection from the dead sealed the victory over darkness and opened a new way to God and introduced God to his creation in a whole new way as he reached out with nail-scarred hands.
Yes, Christianity offers the world a vision of a God who cares and loves, who “so loves the world.” Peter, one of Jesus’s closest friends, spoke of this vision of God in the closing words of a letter he sent to some of his closest friends. He wrote:
“…casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7 ESV)
I choose to believe and trust in my creator who has a name and a plan and purpose for my life and existence. I believe his name is YAHWEH–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I live under the banner of Jesus my LORD.
I have not outgrown the words of my childhood, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so, little ones to him belong, they are weak but he is strong…yes, Jesus loves me…yes, Jesus loves me…yes, Jesus loves me–the Bible tells me so.”
When I worry and fret, I step out of the light of his love and grace and return to the shadows of gods who do not exist. God really cares about you and me. Believe this theological truth and it changes everything. It adds power to your prayers. It gives meaning and purpose even to the senseless twists and turns of life knowing the circumstances of life are not random but measured.
We give thanks to God because we know he cares, and have experienced his goodness among the living. So choose this day to “cast all your cares upon him because he cares for you….”