A Culture That Is Smarter Than God (Or So We Think)
Whenever I’m driving during the day on my way to and from the building or out visiting people, I enjoy listening to sports talk radio. I’ve intentionally moved toward becoming a more casual, less emotionally-involved sports fan over the past 5-10 years, which has been good. I don’t watch sports near as much as I did in college, but it’s enjoyable to me just to listen to the conversation, to stay caught up and hear what’s going on in the sports world. But this week, there was a conversation that left me a little more emotionally involved than usual, because it had to do more with attitudes toward God than with sports.
A national sports columnist was giving an interview on a local Memphis sports talk show, and the debate was over Tim Tebow planning to speak at a church in Dallas that was said to be hateful and intolerant. I frankly know nothing about the church, and for all I know that church may approach sin in an un-Christlike way. But the columnist turned this discussion into an attack on the biblical Christian faith in general, essentially saying that if you say anyone is going to hell, you are hateful and intolerant. I missed part of the interview, but a friend later told me the columnist said (I think we’ve got this quote right): “If your God would send someone to hell for being gay, someone needs to go up there and fire Him.”
Wow, was my first thought. That’s an arrogant attitude toward God that I sure don’t want to have on my resume when my life is over and I stand before God Himself.
My second thought dug in a little deeper to what lay behind his statement. How could anyone so confidently affirm that they know what’s right more than God does? Yet it’s becoming more common, for people to claim that the God of the Bible is actually the bad guy in comparison to the goodness of our own ‘enlightened’ culture.