Related to the sermon at church today, I got to thinking about how strong the human inclination (at least my human inclination, but I generally feel comfortable speaking for at least most of humanity) is toward certainty and order (at least order as we/I see it). I want things to be easy to label — good or bad, singular not multifarious, like me or not like me, for me or against me. We want our roses to be beautiful, fragrant, yes, but also thornnless, please. As it relates to the sermon, we want our God to be OUR God, a “this” God, not a “this” and “that” God. Oh, and we want God to be on OUR side of any issue. We want God to not only bless America, but to make it great again – as we define “bless” and “great,” of course. (I am reminded of one of my favorite Anne Lamott quotes: “You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.”)
It occurs to me that I want to order my world to my own liking, not just live in it and do my part to help it along.
Now that is going to take some doing!