A friend recently told me about a dream he had. He was pulled over by a very nice police officer who proceeded to give him three tickets. All three of them were for things he had NOT done. And then he woke up.
"What stood out," my friend explained, "was how very kind the police officer was. I couldn't figure out what to do with the unfair tickets, because the guy was so nice."
Yeah. I began to wonder about my insistence that God is loving.
Imagine for a minute that you believe that God is in control of the universe; that all that happens is perhaps caused by God, or at least that God is ok with it. And then you get three, or six, or twenty-eight hard things added to your life. Ordinary bad things: illness, being laid off from your job, losing a loved one, an accident, your things are stolen.
And then imagine some do-gooder pastor comes by and says "God is love". What on earth does that mean? How does that fit with what you just experienced? Wouldn't it be easier to imagine that God is judgmental, angry, or mean?
If I were to get three unfair tickets while driving I'd really want them to come from someone I could describe as rude, angry, and mean. I especially don't want to be treated unfairly by someone who seems fair, considerate, and kind. I want to rant and rage and demand justice. I certainly don't want someone to tell me that this unfairness is just.
What do you think?
(originally posted by Liz August 22, 2008.)