I like it, God must too

The Anglican Dean of St Albans, Jeffrey John, says he’s in favor of gay marriage, “I’m sure God is too.” Sounds like some of my brethren and a lot of other religious folk: I like instrumental music (or fill in the blank), so God must like it. What pleases me must please God.

There are so many things wrong with such thinking, it’s hard to know where to start.

One, it treats God as a reflection, not just of a human being, but of one person—me. The logic of thinking that God must think like me, like the same things I do, is astoundingly wrong-headed. Jeremiah 17.9 and Isaiah 55:8-9 should have gotten us past this long ago, but one supposes there are plenty of people ignorant of sacred history doomed to repeat it.

Two, it puts one’s own passions and desires in the place of God and names them as God. It’s on much the same plane as having sacred prostitutes, like the idolatrous practices of antiquity, or closer to us by a few centuries, the Crusades of the Catholic Church.

It’s all made of the same cloth. Self-will. The rule of passion.  Those under it do not know God and do not belong to Christ.

“Now those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (Galatians 5:24 NET).

Holy Father, let me be done with sin and and let your will be done in me.

Hold this thought: Who’s ruled by vilest passion and fleshly lust,/ Cannot please the Lord, cannot trust.

 

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