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Sunday, January 19, 2014

When 'Jesus' is struck by Lightning, do you have a crisis of faith?

It depends a lot on where your faith is, it's focus, it's foundation.  Most of us are aware of that gi-normous statue in Brazil that is supposed to represent "Jesus". "Christ the Redeemer".
Apparently this statue has been damaged by an 'Act of God'... a lightning strike.  Does this mean God is confused?  Uncaring?  Oblivious about how such a strike might impact the cherished faith of masses of Catholics?

Well let's be clear, such a prominent and dominant statue could so easily slip from being a memorial to an idol. People have a tendency to pray "to" what they can see, rather than what the visible rendition represents and is symbolic of.  The Israelites were guilty of this, when Moses was late coming down from Sinai they said "Let's make a god we can see" so they pooled their gold and made the golden calf. That calf was a reflection of pagan tribal religion. The first thing that happened was social depravity, but that's another story.  On repeated occasions after a cleansing and repenting in Israel, they turned yet again to fertility gods, even installing cult prostitutes (male and female) in the temple and worshipped the creature rather than the Creator.

What was God's response?
(Amos 5)
Woe to you who long
    for the day of the Lord!
Why do you long for the day of the Lord?
    That day will be darkness, not light.
19 It will be as though a man fled from a lion
    only to meet a bear,
as though he entered his house
    and rested his hand on the wall
    only to have a snake bite him.
20 Will not the day of the Lord be darkness, not light—
    pitch-dark, without a ray of brightness?
21 “I hate, I despise your religious festivals;
    your assemblies are a stench to me.
22 Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings,
    I will not accept them.
Though you bring choice fellowship offerings,
    I will have no regard for them.
23 Away with the noise of your songs!
    I will not listen to the music of your harps.
24 But let justice roll on like a river,
    righteousness like a never-failing stream!

Harsh words in anybody's dictionary!  It's worth noting that the last 2 lines were used in Dr Martin Luther King's "Dream" Speech and some of the social issues were the same.
So, if God allows a bolt of lightning to strike a statue of Jesus.."God the Son"... we should be asking not 'has God let us down'...no...but "Have we let God down?" by our behavior, conduct, focus of worship and tone of life.

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