“What If” questions tend to get me in trouble…

Here’s one I thought of when I was in church last Sunday.

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What if…

What if the concept of a “Christian Nation” which America has claimed for itself (I have my doubts about this) and God moved in the people of…

Iraq…

And this concept of a Christian Nation became true but in Iraq, how would people respond? Gone with the rhetoric of “God bless America” but rather “God bless Iraq” and “Iraq blesses God”. Wouldn’t that be an interesting “What If” scenario, eh?

Here’s the thing, why not?

God is fully capable of doing that, and yet we sometimes limit Him and what he is fully capable of doing, after all He is God. I think I am going to start praying for the nation and the people of Iraq, that God moves in the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people, that they will come to know God and have hope and assurance in Him despite the wake the war has taken upon that country as a whole.
This is bold of me, but I am sure that it has the capacity to pray for Iraq, that some how they’re our “enemies” – really? Our enemies? Are you aligning yourself with being a follower of Christ or being an American? Check your priorities and then get back to me and pray along side me.
Even though I am outspoken in regards to how me being a follower of Christ conflicts with me being American, but despite that I’m not one to pray for the demise of this nation, God might still change the hearts and minds of the people of this country…but He might also be doing that for the Iraqi people.

We who are followers of Christ shouldn’t live in a world of fear and of borders that we set up to keep certain people out. God has made this world, upon creation he looked at what he made with a smile (this I am quite certain) and said “it is good” and even though we fell away and said to God we don’t want you, we don’t want the best you intended for us for we want our own way…God, in His love for us, provided a way out by way of Jesus.
Jesus isn’t a Republican, a Democrat, and He certainly isn’t an American citizen. We need to keep the latter in mind, because I see division between believers because we impose our political/country viewpoints on God, and the God I know and worship and serve and love is so much bigger and better than that. May God do what He will and if He calls us to partake in making Iraq our mission field, His will be done in all things.

God bless America!

God bless Iraq!

~Nathanael~

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~