God’s Identity Crisis

I would imagine that many of you read the title of this blog and were shocked! Before you brand me a heretic; allow me to explain. I do not imply that God has a problem with knowing exactly who He is. Rather, it is we, His creation, that is confused concerning God’s true identity. There are hundreds of misconceptions about who God is and what He is like but I think most of them could be placed under two major headings.

The Transcendent God. People see God as so holy, so powerful, so pure that He could not have a relationship with fallen humanity. It is true that God is totally above all creation.      1 Chronicles 29:10-12 ; 1 Samuel 2:2

The Benevolent Grandfather. Some people see God’s purpose is to make us happy and give us what we want. He is like a celestial vending machine; insert your prayer and out drops your answer. He is the “grandfather” who grants all our wishes. 

But I think the picture below shows the proper balance of who God really is.

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This is the famous picture of President John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office. Underneath the desk is his son, John Jr. President Kennedy was the most powerful man in the world. He was to be respected and honored. And yet, he was a father who loved his son.  He had a relationship with his son, so “John-John” could pop out from under his desk and speak to this powerful figure without. 

Who Is Your Hero?

The dictionary describes a hero as “a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.” I agree with that definition but in today’s cultures almost anyone can be a hero; from being a celebrity to a MVP athlete. But being a hero is more than having your picture on a box of Wheaties.  As usual, the Bible goes contrary to man’s ideas. Isaiah 55:8 

Most people today think greatness [being a hero] is measured by possessions, power, and prestige. The Bible says just the opposite. Jesus told His disciples the way to greatness is down; not up. “Whoever wants to be the most important must make others more important than themselves. They must serve everyone else.” Mark 9:35 {ERV}

Some time ago, I saw a video that portrayed that verse. A father that totally gave up his rights to serve his son. Please watch the attached video.  Team Hoytdick

The Hoyts ran their 32nd Boston Marathon and they say it will be their last as a duo. The Hoyts had planned to make the 2013 Marathon their last because Dick is 73 and Rick is 52, and Dick’s increasingly painful back was barking out instructions to give it a rest. But after the bombings at the finish line, and after the Hoyts were among the more than 5,000 runners who were stopped before completing the 2013 race, they decided to come back to finish their personal race and to honor the human spirit of those killed and injured at last year’s race. It was 7:37:33 when the Hoyts finally reached the finish line.

Father and son are my heroes.