File this under “Things that make me say, ‘Aaaargh, are you kidding me?'”
I found this when I was looking for something entirely different. It was just randomly placed in the midst of all the other images on Google for the sole purpose of offending my senses, I suppose. Not unlike the day I looked for a photo of Jeremy Renner for Rennsday Randomness and Google tossed in a still of Steve and Natasha kissing in TWS. As a shipper of Clintasha and Captain Hill, my sensibilities were definitely offended. ;D
OK, so this is actually worse than the sinking of either of my Ships. This is a bizarre teaching that I grew up hearing from the pulpit. But now, I’m looking at it and thinking, “What the heck?” I’m actually trying to figure out how this ever made sense to me. I guess when I thought that God really doesn’t care about what happens to His people it possibly could have been believable, because that’s what this is saying.
Let’s dissect it, shall we?
First, the Bible actually says the exact opposite. I wasn’t in AWANA but even I know that “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death” God is with me. And that I do not need to fear for His “rod and his staff comfort me.” That whole “rod and staff” thing don’t make God seem silent. And there are a ton of other verses, as well.
Second, let’s think back to when we were in school, or, if you’re a teacher, think about when you give a test. During a test a student is usually not even allowed to ask for help. So, this is saying that God will not even help us during these so-called tests he gives us and we shouldn’t bother asking. “Sorry, you’re on your own. I’ve taught you all I can and if you had studied you wouldn’t be struggling like you are. Too bad.”
Even though this is not true about God, pastors and parishioners alike throw it around as if it is. My question is, how do we think this is encouraging? And if it’s not encouraging to faith, why are we saying it? Why would we want to teach others, including our children, that when it comes down to brass tacks, God is pretty much a hands off kinda guy?
As I said, there is plenty of Scripture to refute this:
I lift up my eyes to the hills, from where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.– Psalm 121:1-2
Cast all your anxieties upon him, because he cares for you.– I Peter 5:7
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.– Psalm 73:26
It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.– Deuteronomy 31:8
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted.– Psalm 34:18
I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in Him I will trust.– Psalm 91:2
I suppose we all get the picture now.
Folks, there is enough to discourage our children and our friends as they daily try to walk with God, let’s not create an unnecessary burden by teaching wrong things about God and His Love for us.