I’m convinced people haven’t stopped believing in God. They’ve stopped liking him. And, in some ways, I get where they’re coming from. They’ve been sold this bill of goods that life is going to be just the way they want it. That if they believe in God and pray, then he’ll give them a 4 bedroom house, the best spouse in town, and a white picket fence.
So, according to this messed up theology…if you’re following in faith…and God hasn’t blessed you…then you just wait a little longer…and then….you’ll be rich.
Well, what if you don’t ever get rich?
What if instead, you get cancer?
What if your wife leaves you and your dog dies?
I mean, seriously, what do you do then?
Well, some people decide…I just don’t like God that much anymore.
So, what do you do with that person?
I mean, a thorough schooling in the Kalam Cosmological Argument doesn’t really help a lot. A comprehensive treatise on the atonement doesn’t really cut it.
So, what do you give them?
You give them Jesus. You show them Jesus in your life. You point them to the Messiah. And, he’s not an argument. He’s not an academic subject. He’s real. He’s faithful.
And, you know what? He could call fishermen. They liked him. He could call tax collectors. They liked him. He could call drunkards and prostitutes. They liked him. And, little children…they really liked him.
So, if you’re reading this and you’re struggling with this whole business of do I even like God…then take a look at Jesus. Get out the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and read them over and over. If you’re not that impressed with church folks, maybe you shouldn’t be. But, give Jesus a chance. I think you’ll like him.
And, if you’re reading this, and you’re a Christian that’s struggling to help a friend or family member that is wrestling with God, then I challenge you to point them to Jesus. He’s where it’s at.
And, you might not even know you’re struggling with this…but if you don’t get emotional at communion, if you don’t get excited about worship, and if you don’t long to steal away in prayer…then you know what…you might not really like God as much as you’d like to think.
So, I challenge you, too. Open up the gospels. Take a fresh look at Jesus. You might just like him.