How big is your God?

Recently I found out that my friend and his wife have been trying some time now to have children, but the diagnosis they’ve been given is that they have infertility issues. Hearing that started the waterworks (yes I am a guy who cries from time to time) and it got me to thinking; should I get angry at God for this or should I pray about it?

So I’ve started praying for my friend and his wife today, my prayer is that if it is God’s will that the wife gets pregnant. I don’t have a problem praying for this and yet I know there might be some followers of Christ who give me flak; if she’s already been given a diagnosis of infertility, why pray for that?

Here’s the thing to skeptics, Christians and others; God is bigger than you can imagine if you don’t contain him (but even then he is bigger still).

This:

Used to be the box I contained God in; it’s where the safe, the comfortable, the easygoing, the “family friendly” and whatever I couldn’t take care of on my own. He was in here because I put him in here.

But as I’ve put God back in his rightful place he’s bigger than I could ever had imagined when he was wrapped up in a nice and tidy box…

Thing is, God is everywhere and there have been times where I feel his presence where some people dare not go to. I felt God’s presence at the Gay Pride Parade in Chicago as my friends and I took time to say I’m Sorry to the individuals around us letting them know that there’s a place for you in the church and that God loves them and so do we.
I sense God’s presence when I’m involved with interfaith activities where I’m dialoguing with Muslims, Jews, Christians, Ba’Hai, etc.
God is in our midst and yet it is easy to make him manageable and compact.

Then there’s this scenario with how we treat God:

God is Mr. Potato Head and we give him the accessories to make him more like us. God is transcendent from our standards and we cannot place our wills upon him.
I like what Anne Lamott said; “You can tell you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do”. It’s a reason why Fred Phelps and the people who make up Westboro Baptist Church get to me, they have made God out to be this LGBT hating, soldier hating, actor hating God of hate who absolutely despises EVERYTHING…except for the members of Westboro Baptist Church!
The God they’ve made for themselves is really small, and if my concept of God doesn’t convict me to love them than my God is pretty small too.

So if God is in fact a God I can’t contain, a God who is larger than I can imagine it means that THAT God can handle and if it is his will to answer my prayer because it is only BIG to me.

That is how BIG my God is.

~Nathanael~

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In wake of Osama Bin Laden’s death; my 2 cents as a follower of Christ

So by now you’ve seen the news reports stating Osama Bin Laden is dead. If this be true my initial thoughts come from a Bible verse that you may or may not be familiar with:

“Love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you”

and in a similar fashion, we should have prayed for him, because you know what? Even though he committed some of the most heinous crimes against humanity in recent years, he was made in the image of God.
Let me say that again,

Osama Bin Laden was made in the image of God.

I might receive flack about this, and God knows as I look at the many statuses/stati I see on my Facebook account the sides are divided on this issue. Some are saying “yay America!” and some are divided and some are inline with the verse I mentioned…
Here’s one of those times where my views as a follower of Christ conflict with those of my American views. I’m praying through this, praying for him and here’s another thing…

Only God knows Osama Bin Laden’s heart so we can’t say right off the bat that Osama Bin Laden is in Hell. God knows, only God knows… It also doesn’t help that some people are saying he finally got what he deserves, if this were true aren’t we all deserving of what we deserve? We might scoff and say “well at least I wasn’t as bad as Osama Bin Laden” and granted our deeds might be less atrocious than his, but who are we? Are we the judges of our scales and how they might tilt in this life or even the next? Again, God knows Osama Bin Laden’s heart.

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” might go on to say “and those who are a thorn in your country’s side for many a year” or “and those who wreak havoc upon your country”.

I do remember 9/11, I remember it as it were yesterday and I even had a friend on the first plane that hit the Trade Towers in NY. But I also remember God and how he made everyone in His image.

If Osama Bin Laden accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior, if he truly believed you know what? God would run to Osama Bin Laden as if he were the father to the prodigal son, he would be the one to make the first move – I like that parable because it has the one who’s in the right (the father) making the first move of reconciliation with the one who’s in the wrong (the son). In the same way God would move towards Osama Bin Laden if he made that choice.

This is what I’m dwelling on and praying about in this moment of division, may God open your heart to what He has to say in this matter. Say a prayer, take some time to reflect but please PLEASE PLEASE…don’t strip away the Imago Dei, the Image of God, from Osama Bin Laden. What he did was bad beyond words, but if he is defined as our enemy and someone who persecuted us…pray, pray for Him and think and wrestle this one out, get angry at God and let him know what you’re thinking and feeling, He can deal with it.

~Nathanael~