A Compassionate God
It is often said by an unbelieving world, “I cannot follow a God who would allow so much evil in this world and bad things to happen to good people.” God is seen as an angry malevolent being that demands an impossible list of values and punishes all those who do not live up to them. God is the “taker-away” of fun, the designer of prejudice and the author of self righteous piety.
Jesus is often seen as the arbitrator of peace between an angry God and disobedient people. In a type of celestial good cop, bad cop, Jesus comes in and pats the heads and kisses the booboos of all the humans God has so ruthlessly condemned. Then, if I say a prayer that I believe Jesus is real and he is God and
Does any of the above sound familiar to you? Has any of the previous lines of thought been told to you by an unbelieving friend or maybe you have had those exact thoughts yourself?
From experience, I can tell you that most, if not all of the above arguments come from ignorance and not experience. Before you write me off for that statement think about it for a minute. How often as a child, then a teenager, you looked at your parent’s actions and thought they were so mean, stupid and uninformed with the decisions they made. Only to become an adult with kids of your own and realize they weren’t so off after all. How much more are we unaware of the nature and compassion of God if we begin to judge him based off of a faint picture of what He is doing in this world.
Take a moment this week and read Jonah 4, I want you to see the compassion of God in a way that will bring you to your knees, allow the humility of Jesus bring you to a humility of your own thinking and ask God to give you a heart like His, without it, we will never be able to exhibit the same kind of selfless compassion He has asked of us.