Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Single's Awareness Day???

Ok. So this just cracks me up. I was thinking about this today at work.
Single's Awareness Day. Seriously. Who thought of that?
Isn't Valentines Day supposed to be about love? Regardless of whether one is single or not?

I dunno. Maybe I'm just some lunatic with a little extra thought time on hand.
Because it's kind of funny really.

I mean, it almost seems like a rights movement! Weird...
Yeah, I can see and understand where people come from on different perspectives on different rights and such, whether I agree with them or not, but this is really strange to me.
Must we have a day that is for love and, as Hallmark makes it up to be, for couples, changed in order to sate the single person?
Yes, I am single myself. But it just sounds...lame.

Anyways. Just something that seems really strange and just sounds plain ridiculous to me.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

God's Sovereignty vs. US (Not the United States)

There's been this one little topic that's been bothering me for quite awhile. Especially since my disillusionment with fundamentalism.

There seems to be this air about some evangelical Christians that incorporates "free will" as something, shall I say, greater than God.

Basically, a question I thought about after church this morning.

If we really can "mess up" God's plan for our lives, then what's the point of God's sovereignty?

This past summer at good ol' church camp, the speaker greatly stressed the idea that if we do not follows God's plan for our lives, then we'll mess it up. And then basically, we've completely screwed up our lives. No chance to fix it. You've messed it up and you're done with that plan that you COULD made a thing of in your life.

And at first, this seemed quite accurate! How true! If I screw up God's plan for my life, OOPS! I'm in trouble!

Yet how much farther from the truth could that be...

Since when have we had the controlling factor in our lives?
Since when did we gain complete authority over our lives?
To say that we control our own lives and to say that we have free will over all of our choices...I guess one could call it blasphemy.

Yes. Blasphemy.

Is God not sovereign? Is God not omniscient? Is God not omnipotent? Can God not do as He pleases?

To say He can't...we're hindering God.

And funny thing is. We can't hinder God.

Or else He wouldn't be God.

So, all this to say, we have no control over our lives. As far as I see it.
Yeah, we go about our daily lives, doing what we do. We go to work. We may go to school. We go home to our families and friends.
Yet, in all of this, God has it all planned.
I used to think that God didn't have a plan like that. That we have all the control and that we make our own choices. Part of me wants to agree with that. But I know I can't now.

If God truly is a sovereign God, then He truly has full control over our lives. And to me. That's the most peaceful thing in the world. I fail to see how anyone could want to have ANY control over his or her own life. That's scary.

God's efficacious grace is amazing. To know that He predestined His elect to be drawn to Him. To know that God's plan is greater than our own. To know that God has everything planned for a reason.

"Amazing Grace. How sweet the sound. That saved a wretch like me."
Probably one of the most overplayed songs in my opinion. Yet, still is provokes one of the greatest messages we as humans can ever receive. God's saving grace. I don't think I ever quite grasped that song entirely in it's beauty until today.

In all. I find it best to ask ourselves this question and critically think about it.

If we really can "mess up" God's plan for our lives, then what's the point of God's sovereignty?

To deny God's sovereignty...shall I daresay...is to deny God.