Friday, July 03, 2009

A fan of God?

I'm on Facebook. If you're on Facebook, you know that there are all these opportunities to become a "fan" of something: a celebrity, a restaurant chain, an author, a TV show, a sandwich, and whatnot.

Well I noticed this morning while on Facebook that I could click on a link and become a fan of God. The link said that two other people are fans of God, and I could become one too.

Wow, a grand total of three people in the world, fans of God. Why would I not want to become a fan of God!

This morning I read in my devotions Exodus 19. It describes the time God descended on Mt. Sinai and met with Moses. In the next chapter God would communicate the Ten Commandments. In chapter 19, God was anything but inviting people to be his fan. Here's what it says in verses 20-22:
  • "The LORD descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses went up and the LORD said to him, 'Go down and warn the people so they do not force their way through to see the LORD and many of them perish. Even the priests, who approach the LORD, must consecrate themselves, or the LORD will break out against them.'"
What a graphic way to put it: God "breaks out" against people.

God reveals himself in his Word as a King who sets the terms of relationship with him. He invites us to know him, yes he does. He's forgiving, yes. But it's never the same kind of relationship one might have with, say, the Jonas Brothers. In Psalm 2, we're told to "Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling." He is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29). He is not to be trifled with. He doesn't give autographs. You don't pose for pictures with God. In other words, you come to him in brokenness and repentance, or you don't come at all.

I tremble when I see how our majestic, fearsome, holy, wholly-other God is often trivialized in pop culture. Even in many Christian bookstores.

Bow before God. Don't become his fan.

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