Arguing With God.

Several things are on my mind this morning. My bible plan has me in God’s dressing down of Job and the Psalmist praising Him for his mighty deeds. I’m also amazed at the degree of deceit that we see in society today. Finally, I’m also concerned for an old alcoholic friend that is in really tough shape. As I type these words, I’m seeing that they are all related. We are arguing with God.

“Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty?
    He who argues with God, let him answer it.”
Job 40:2

The Alcoholic

My story is of alcoholism. I was twice at death’s door. I know all about arguing with God even though I refused to acknowledge him. If you have experienced addiction, you know hopelessness. You also know you need a miracle and may even pray for one. However, you are not willing to do what you know is required. You don’t want to become “one of those.” You know what I’m talking about – born-again Jesus freaks.

So you are content with arguing with God, hoping something changes yet unwilling to do what needs to be done. Everyday is the same, hopelessness, knowing that any day could be your last.

Critical Race Theory

Our God is truth. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) There is no deceit in God. None. There never has been and never will be. Just as the serpent was condemned in the Garden for deceiving Eve, God will not bless any movement based upon deceit. Critical Race Theory is built upon intentional deception.

Yes, racism exists. It’s a scourge. Yet the school of thought that our country embraces is built on deception. Critical Race Theory is developed upon feelings and perceptions rather than empirical evidence. Efforts to bring statistics into the argument only proves that one is racist or, if a minority, one that has internalized racism. Dig into this.

There are many minority people who are standing up to this. Voddie Baucham Jr. is a black pastor who wrote the book, “Fault Lines. The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe.” The evangelical church is tripping over itself to embrace BLM and CRT, yet isn’t willing to take the time to see that the foundation these are built is deception.

Changing Definitions

I wrote about this before. My daughter accuses me of being “homophobic.” When I challenged her on that, I shared the definition. She corrected me with the “new” definition.

Although the suffix phobia generally designates an irrational fear, in the case of homophobia the word instead refers to an attitudinal disposition ranging from mild dislike to abhorrence of people who are sexually or romantically attracted to individuals of the same sex. Homophobia is a culturally conditioned response to homosexuality, and attitudes toward homosexuals vary widely across cultures and over time.

Certainly, I don’t want to be accused of having an irrational fear, so I don’t want to be labeled as homophobic. But that’s not what the word means anymore. Yes, I am convinced that homosexuality is a sin which is enough to be labeled as homophobic, but I don’t have an irrational fear.

Here’s the deception. Change the definition and switch the issue away from the real target and stick it on those who disagree. In psychology, this is referred to as “projection.” Rather than hit this rebranding with truth, society (and our churches) are openly embracing homosexuality as normal. Despite a new definition, homophobia is nonetheless viewed as an irrational fear. “Homophobic” people are the ones who need help because they are truly sick, so the storyline goes.

Arguing with God

All these things are evidence of us arguing with God. We are unwilling to submit ourselves to him. We forget who created whom, so we make gods in our own image. For some, that image is ourselves. For others, it is a god in whom we have created to suit our likings.

Don’t get me wrong. I still have problems with this in my own mind. However, I have settled it that God is God, and I am not. Even though I still struggle with sin, I am not the man I once was. I am born again. I am a new creation. That is evident to all. Certainly, it is evident to my alcoholic friend who doesn’t what to hear what I have to say. He’ll likely avoid me now that he knows that I am one of “those.”

The same is true with many of my other friends and even relatives. Some are stuck with me, but they nonetheless distance themselves from me. I wish that wasn’t the case, but I’m not surprised. Jesus warned me (Matthew 10:22, John 15:18).

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?
Matthew 16:26

Closing Prayer

Father, I pray that you have mercy on my old friend and grant him new life, as you did me. The world needs truth, not deception. Embolden me to speak truth despite the world trying to silence me with more lies, name-calling, shame, and isolation. I would much prefer to contend with this world than contend with you. Amen.

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