I really don’t like that phrase. I mean, it’s a good one, in concept. But I feel it’s so overused and misused.
It’s being used by the pastor of the Florida church who wanted to publicly burn Quarans on the anniversary of 9/11 because “I am just a man who is trying to do what God has told us to do”.
In this case, initially the pastor says that God told him to burn the holy books.
But now apparently, God says it’s okay if he doesn’t.
Jones said Thursday he would call off the planned burning of Qurans based on a deal negotiated with the president of the Islamic Society of Central Florida that the location of a mosque planned near ground zero in New York would be changed.
I don’t know what God really told this pastor to do or not do. I don’t know if God really is using this in some cool, supernatural way. I also don’t know if this guy just wants attention or sees this as a way to not get the mosque built. I can’t really judge his motivation (but I am oh so tempted to).
BUT…in real, everyday life:
We totally should be obedient to God.
And I know God works in ways that I certainly don’t get.
But I still think “God told me to” or “God is calling me” are phrases that we over-use. That we use to justify actions that otherwise don’t seem wise or reasonable, such as:
- God told me to date this non-Christian. I mean Hosea did it, right?
- God told me to hate all black people. So I will don a white sheet and be an idiot and unloving.
- God told me to quit my job and not pay my rent. Because the obligations I’ve made don’t need to be honored.
- God told me to leave my husband because I’m just not happy. And my happiness is really what God wants.
I just cringe a little when I hear someone say “God told me to” or “God’s calling me to”. It’s like the ultimate Trump Card. If you say it, then there can’t possibly be any way that I can convince you otherwise. I mean, if God really said it, then it has to be true, right? I cringe even though I do believe that God speaks and that God does call. I just cringe.