God is Love…God is Good…God is Just
This is a video that I saw for the first time the other day. I am not really familiar with the work of Gungor but I have heard a lot of good things. This video communicates two main characteristics of God : #1 God is love and #2 God is good. However, there is, in my view, a serious problem with this video. What is the problem? There seems to be the implication that God loves everyone in the same way. I am going to try and make an effort to highlight this issue and give a response that is true to the text of Scripture and to reason. Let’s look at God’s love.
The video speaks a lot of the love of God. It says:
atheists and charlatans,
and communists and lesbians,
and even ol’ Pat Robertson
Oh God, He loves us all
Catholic or Protestant,
terrorist or president,
everybody, everybody loved, loved, loved
What does this excerpt say about this song? It says that God loves people but it goes a little beyond just that. It suggests that God loves everyone in the same way. I believe this is something that modern-day Christianity has twisted. God is clear in Scripture that he does hate people. Romans 9:13 comes to mind, “As it is written, ‘Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”’ There is a difference between Jacob and Esau. God made the distinction. God is free to make that distinction because he is God. God has different kinds of love. The line that speaks about lesbians really hit me when it came by the first time. Does God love lesbians? Yes. Does God love a practicing lesbian in the same way as the believer? Romans 1:26-27 says:
“God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.” Is calling a homosexual someone who commits shameless acts loving? Is giving them a penalty for their actions loving?
The fact is that God shows love and mercy when he allows one more breath to be inhaled and exhaled from the lungs of a sinner. That is common grace in action. That common grace is shown to everyone because God does love everyone. However, that love is not the same for everyone. Take a look at this analogy.
A man gets married and loves his wife. But because he is so filled with love he has decided to love every woman in the same way that he loves his wife. Is that OK? Of course it isn’t. We all have differentiations in our love. I love my family with a deeper love then I love my neighbors family. I love my girlfriend differently then I love my buddies wife. That is how we were made. There is a counter argument that I know some people may raise with this and that is something like, “we are not God so why couldn’t God love everyone equally?” That is a good question let me answer.
The issue the question raises isn’t against my stance but rather it is against Scripture. The question makes a true statement with, “we are not God”. That is true and I thank God that I am not God. However, the statement “we are not not God” doesn’t support the real question. Just because we, as humans, have a characteristic does not mean that God doesn’t have a similar characteristic. Even further though as I pointed out God has made distinctions in the past with Jacob and Esau. I believe that God is free to make those distinctions. To spark discussion and thinking here are a few questions…
Why is God required to love every creature in the same way? Does God love the atheist who consistently bashes his name in front of auditoriums filled with young college students in the same way he loves the preacher who uses his voice to speak about the grace of God? Does God love the person in Hell (yes I am that conservative) the same way he loves the believer in Heaven? I would suggest that God does not.
Posted on October 10, 2011, in Christianity, Culture, Theology and tagged Christianity, God, God is love, God is not a white man, Gungor, Jesus, love, Love God, Pat Robertson. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.