God, Me, and UFC

Erik Cooper —  September 29, 2010 — 5 Comments

God and I seem to like wrestling. A lot lately. More than normal.

Sometimes we engage in a light tussle, like my 5 year old son and I on the family room floor.  More playful than forceful.  But other times it’s like a UFC smackdown.Seriously God, was that neck-crank submission hold really all that necessary?  You are the supernatural Creator of the universe and all.

Here’s a taste of our latest match-up:

“They honored and worshiped God, but not exclusively…They honored and worshiped God, but they also kept up their devotions to the old gods of the places they had come from.” (2 Kings 17:32, 33 MSG)

Idolatry seems like a funny word in 21st Century America. I don’t have little golden “Oscar” statues I sing songs to (one fast and two slow) between 11 and 11:23 every Sunday morning.  But I do have idols.

Safety

Comfort

Money

Reputation

Power

Self-Reliance

Just naming a few that (sometimes not so) subtly worm their way onto the throne of my life.

And if I’m honest with myself (and if some of you need to join me on the truth wagon), all I’ve ever known is a safe, suburban, American Christianity that calls you to “know God,” but still lets you keep your idols.

Not the super ugly, culturally offensive ones, of course.  Just the ones that are socially acceptable. The God and idols.

“They honored and worshiped God, but not exclusively…” (2 Kings 17:32 MSG)

That, my friends, is the ultimate G.O.D. – U.F.C takedown.  Not a TKO.  Not a scorecard decision. Out cold. Call the ambulance.  I need a medic.

Or perhaps just an exclusive with this Savior named Jesus.

5 responses to God, Me, and UFC

  1. thanks Eric……..man oh man is this the truth…..

  2. Erik, have you read Radical by David Platt yet? It will turn you inside out and every every way but loose. The guy has the audacity to challenge the thought that Christianity = the American dream. Shame on him for messin’ with our idols.

    • Haven’t seen that one Chuck. Always interesting to me when you see the same concepts emerging from different places at the same time. Usually a sign God is stirring something.

  3. Radical is radical. The subtitle is “Taking back your faith from the American dream”. What’s amazing is that I saw over the weekend that it’s #5 on the NYT’s best seller list in its category. I think his message is resounding with so many who are disillusioned with the unfulfilling promises of “more”.

    Put it on your “must read” list. He also provides a practical challenge with 5 do-able things to undertake for a year.

  4. This is a great word. I was actually reading that passage a few weeks ago and it does make you think. I found it especially interesting that 700 years before Christ opened things up for the Gentiles, God’s jealousy over the idols led so many Gentiles to start worshiping God and it prompted the King of Assyria to send back some priests to teach the new inhabitants how to live as godly Jews (even though they weren’t Jewish, until God started the smack down).

    Really makes you think, “What would happen if we let God beat up on our idols? How many people that would never come to a church or listen to a preacher would come to Christ when they saw the results?”

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