The image of God...
But when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you shall say to them, "This is what the Sovereign Lord says." Whoever will listen let them listen, and whoever will refuse let them refuse..."
~ Ezekiel 3: 27
What does the image of God look like to you?
The movie "Bruce Almighty" has some interesting lines. At one point Bruce proclaims that God is a child with a magnifying glass, perched on the top of an anthill, just waiting to burn us like an ant.
It's hard not to perceive God as judge. Afterall, there seems to be so much talk about heaven and hell. It's almost as if Santa is morphed from deciding who is naughty or nice and the reward is not toys or coal. It is being sent to a place that reflects which list you are on.
When I look at the world, I see alot of folks policing the list already.
Whatever happened to the image of God as being "God is love?"
You know, it is still okay to love each other as God loves us! It's not a crime to be kind and gentle, while finding ways to spread grace and forgiveness.
If God is love, as I believe God to be, then we should be more focused on spreading that love. Then not only would our lives be different, but the image of the world might improve as well.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
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Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.