June 21, 2015

Mark 4:38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

What if Jesus/God just doesn’t care? Many of the Founding Fathers were deists. Deists believed that God made everything with precise laws and rules and then basically went on vacation and left humanity to work it out on our own. To quote http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/deism deism is “belief in a God who created the world but has since remained indifferent to it” (definition #2- a little more folksy!). Actually, many people who say they believe in God are pretty happy believing that God doesn’t care. Yeah, we want God there to calm the storms but really how bad and how many storms do we get? God is there for them, right? But in-between storms it’s nice that God doesn’t interfere in things. If God wants to do something maybe he can hang out with the folks at that church in South Carolina where the shooting occurred. But we all know the storm comes to us eventually. No one lives above the tempest of life. Dare we expect God to swoop in and calm our storms after hoping God will be discreetly distant the rest of the time? Maybe like the way we treated our earthly Dad’s when we were teenagers? This week consider, “do I really want God to care about me and my life?”

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