By: Jennifer J. Lokken
“How often we hear this sort of thing: ‘I like to think of God as a great Architect(or Mathematician or Artist).’ ‘I don’t think of God as a Judge; I like to think of [sic]him simply as a father.’ We know from experience how often remarks of this kind serve as the prelude to a denial of something that the Bible tells us about God. It needs to be said with the greatest possible emphasis that, THOSE WHO HOLD THEMSELVES FREE TO THINK OF GOD AS THEY LIKE ARE BREAKING THE SECOND COMMANDMENT” ~ J.I. Packer, “Knowing God” ~
For the record the Second Commandment is as follows:
“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” ~ Exodus 20:4-6 ~
I honestly don’t care what anyone thinks God is or isn’t, my job as Christian is to know who God says He is, believe what He says He is and reject anything that is not of Him.
Quite often we Christians we mistake Lucifer as Christ, by that, I mean we want to tell God who He is and by so doing make ourselves god, a god that you define is by definition an idol. We have so many idols to cast out and we don’t know it because we call them god.
I personally know far too many Christians whose entire faith is rooted in this clear violation of the Second Commandment. They justify their faith by what and who they think God is. This is a huge and systemic issue, especially in the Evangelicals community, where there is little emphasis on sound doctrine, church history, or basic theology, where the sole doctrine seems to be rooted in, “All I have to do is a say a prayer asking Jesus in my heart and I am good to go.” Any talk or expectations of spiritual growth and or sanctification, is met with opposition and accusations of Legalism.
I am reminded of the verses Romans 1:21-23:
“because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like [h]corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.”
These people clearly know God or at least claim too, when it says that they turned the truth of God into corruptible things of man, that is what happens when we define who we think God is. Note the creatures that we turn Him into, a beast of burden to provide our needs and wants and creepy thing to gotten rid of when we get the parts of God that make us uncomfortable. Sadly, it is those areas of God that make us the most uncomfortable is where we need Him the most.
Think about how much of our Christian faith is focused on ourselves. Our songs of worship in our modern age are more like demands of God to be at beck and call, turning Him into a beast of burden. Instead of what it should be, a time to think of God, His glory, His Holiness, His grace and acknowledge our lacking, and in our lacking in pure gratitude for His sufficiency in all areas, we praise His name(I say praise, because in corporate setting, proper worship is not always appropriate, because once you realize who you are in the light of who God is, the only worship that is possible is to prostrate yourself in His presence.)
It should be noted that the most sound way to get know yourself and who you are, isn’t hours of introspection, but to truly get to know who God is, then you will know who and what you are not.