What is your greatest ‘sin’?

paro_AL_standingSomeday we will all stand before God – ok, so I don’t really think that we will stand before a God holding a clipboard of our life – but, each of us will stand before God. We all know the image from our childhood, you and God – Judgment Day.  We don’t know what this will look like, but I do think that when in the presence of  Perfect Love, our ‘sins’ will be exposed.

I could write a long laundry list with the ‘sins’ that I have committed in my life.  I’m sure that we all could.  And, we could rate them – there are all sorts of ‘rating systems’, the Ten Commandments, Mortal and Venial, sins of commission vs. omission, etc.  But…..I’m wondering if our ratings would match Gods?!?!

What will God ask us....

why didn’t you obey the Law more?

why didn’t you go to church more?

what religion are you?

why didn’t you do more?

or perhaps……

why did you lie?

why did you steal?

why did you cheat?

Maybe God will have lots of questions for us, or, maybe God will only have ONE question for us….

WHY DIDN’T YOU ACCEPT MY LOVE?  Think about it….Do you really accept God’s love?  Or, do you set up boundaries and roadblocks between you and God?  

God, I don’t deserve your love

God, I’ll come back when I’ve changed – gotten better

God, you couldn’t possibly love me with all I’ve done

God, I need to work harder for you, to pray more to you, to do more for you….

These are all self-imposed blocks to God’s love. God wants to love you, it’s that simple and that difficult.  God is love, that’s who he is, that’s what he does.  At the end of our lives, when we come face to face with God, we will see that Love, the ‘veil will be lifted’.

Why didn’t you accept my love?  I think I just discovered my New Year’s Resolution….

Did God Set Us Up?

I just love the questions that kids ask.  When they don’t understand something, they let you know…and often, there questions are our questions, we’re just reticent to ask them.

One of my favorite all time questions was posed by a fourth grader.  He asked, “If God didn’t want Adam and Eve to eat that fruit, why did he put that tree there?  Wasn’t God, sort of, setting them up???”

Great question—–and it took me a while to be able to answer it, because, well let’s face it, it would have been nice if that temptation weren’t there!  And it would be even nicer if temptations weren’t there in my life either!

But, this is how I replied…..

I asked him if he were a robot.  Of course, he chuckled and said no.  If he were a robot, he would have to obey eveything that I asked him to do.  If I told him to run around the room a hunderd times, he would do it.  If I asked him to jump up and down for 5 minutes, he would have to do it, and so on…..  He would not have the ability to make his own choices because he was programed to obey me.

And then I spoke of God’s love…a love that desires our love in return….a love that is so intense and strong that it is willing to take an enormous risk.  It is a FREE love in that it gives us the choice to love back or walk away.  It is not a controlling love, a love that forces us to love in return, it is not a ‘robot’ love. 

And so….we have a choice!  We know which choice God wants, but the choice is ours to make.  And that is why that tree had to be in the Garden.  If there were no choice, God’s love wouldn’t be free and complete. 

It is all gift, really, our free will…..

We are free….free to accept God’s love, or free to walk away, and perhaps the greatest gift of all is….we are always free to walk back into God’s loving and forgiving arms.

After much discussion back and forth….I think that fourth grader understood….and I did as well!