Everyone wants to know what God thinks.
However, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s impossible to hear God’s voice with kids and a day job—even more so if you have to crank out a blog post every week.
I mean, maybe if you holed up in a monastery and meditated for several hours every day, then you’d end up hearing God’s voice. Maybe not. The truth is monks probably are no “closer to God” than we are, whatever that means. I mean, they probably are more sanguine, having mastered the ability to flip their brains into theta wave production at will, but when they come down with butt cancer, they’re as likely as us to say, “Why me, Lord—of all people?” and receive no response.
But if you insist on believing God can tell you things, I’m probably not going to talk you out of it.
Just do us all one favor. Keep it to yourself.
- If God’s telling you homosexuality is wrong, well, don’t engage in homosexual acts. (When you think about, a simple feat for virtually everyone who thinks homosexuality is sinful.)
- If God directs you to vote a straight Democratic ticket, have at it. It’s still a free country, for now.
- If God tells you not to drink spirituous beverages, great. More for me.
Think about it. Why would God tell you to convince other people to change—as if you could change other people? Changing yourself is enough of an uphill slog. I spent 35 years as a devout Christian. During all that time, I was constantly striving—striving!—to overcome my weaknesses and become more like Christ. I studied the Bible, meditated on the Bible, memorized the Bible, listened to the Bible on tape, put verses on my bathroom mirror to encourage me toward “victory,” heard hundreds of sermons (often taking notes), prayed, prayed and fasted, prayed in tongues, was prophesied over, encouraged, prayed for . . . but, I’ve got to admit now that I pretty much struggle with the same character flaws now that I did 35 years ago.
It’s only now, through non-Christian therapy, that I’m making real headway. In so many ways, I’m still that 6-year-old kid who feels he has only two options: fight or flight.
If you feel you must tell someone, OK, but please don’t say, “God told me.” You’ll only damage your cause. Besides, what are you going to say when the pony you picked comes in last? God goofed? And, c’mon, you didn’t really know God told you, did you? You were just trying to look spiritual. Instead, just say, “I had a thought the other day” or “What do you think of this?”
Who knows? You might have something to say.