Don’t Own Him

How far should we allow good intentions to go?  At what point is a good intention a bad reality?  At what point does a good intention become a disservice to itself?  After all, intention requires intending.  That is, the act of trying to accomplish something.

A song at church the other day had the lyrics “Our God…”

I’ve been taking some writing courses recently, and am becoming more aware of people’s use of language and word choice.  I’m also just returning to church after nearly a decade.  Together, those two reasons create a skeptical approach.  I know what I believe.  But I’m not convinced that what I believe is what you believe, so I look for clues.

Back to “Our God.”  Here’s the problem.  “Our” creates, whether intended or not, “your.”  In the case of God, there is no “your.”  If you’re like me, you know there is just God.  If you’re like me, you’re done with the, “Well, other people all across the globe use the word ‘god’ as well, but their ‘god’ isn’t our ‘God’ so we need to clarify it” feeling.

I say allow no room for doubt, allow no room for discussion, allow no room for misinterpretation.

Life should be lived assertively.  Life should be lived unabashedly.  Life should be lived wholeheartedly.

God is not my god.  God is not your god.  God is not our god.  God is.  Or as He put it, “I am.”

Jesus chose death over compromise.  Like any great teacher, He can be puzzling.  How could a man preach ‘love’ and not compromise?  I don’t fully know, but I have a suspicion that together we’ll figure it out.

For now, just don’t own Him.  His very nature demands it.

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