Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Our fathers have bailed...


I love this clip from Fight Club.

I love what it says and how it says it.

And it intrigues me how within our churches we can adopt the very essence of our culture believing that we are being counter-cultural.

'Our fathers were our models for God.  If our father's bailed, what does that tell you about God? ... You have to consider the possibility that God does not like you.  He never wanted you.  In all probability, he hates you.'

There is serious breakdown of relationships in our communities.  And these breakdowns hurt.

I have heard from various people over the years that the loss of a father figure in their lives was a massive source of pain in their lives.

This loss of a father figure is one of the reasons people have got involved in gangs.

An absent God, who hates us is not the God of the Christian faith.  Yet all too easily the church can share this kind of message.  I think that is why I am so opposed to penal substitution because strip it down to its core we are left with an absent God who hates us.  This is the message of our culture, not of the Christian faith.  The Christian faith declares a God who has not bailed on us, that He is a Father who loves us, will never leave us and is there for us.

But then we get this quote,

'First you have to give up, first you have to know, not fear, know that someday you're gonna die.'

This is a great Christian truth!  The church needs to preach this and embrace this as truth.  We must not fear death, but know that death is inevitable.  Our government and culture breed this lie that we will live forever.  The policies are for self-preservation.  The things we buy are advertised under the illusion of immortality.  And so everyone fears death because we never face up to its reality.
And when the church talks about the Christian faith as another self-help, make your life better philosophy we buy into the cultures fear of death.  When the church talks about the Christian faith being about 'what happens after you die' we are left with the same problem.  We need to deal with the actual reality that we will die one-day, that death itself will be our reality.

Once we accept this reality we can begin to live and love out of control.  We can surrender ourselves to the will and purposes of God knowing that He is in control and that we do not need to be.  We can live in the reality of God's power and surrender our power to want to live forever, surrender our desire to control our destinies, surrender our will to have power, and give ourselves to God and His ways.

We can embrace our life and death knowing that they are not in our control and that One who is far more able to know us and what is best for us is on control.

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