The Cafeteria Christian. Yep, that was me. I looked at God’s Word like a buffet of choices. Some were for me, I liked them. They made me feel good. They worked in my lifestyle. Some were not for me. I did not like them. They made me feel bad. They certainly did not work with my lifestyle. So I reasoned them off as antiquated. Surely a good God would not feel the same way he did 4,000 years ago than he does today. Surely my God does not see life the way we do today compared to when Jesus walked the Earth.
I remember a gal I was mentoring a when I was just out of college. She was only about 6 years younger than me, but to her I was old. I didn’t understand the “party scene”. I remember laughing because what she was telling me was exactly the same. EXACTLY. Aren’t we just like that girl in the face of our good good God? We know better. Our lives are way different than people from even 10 years ago let alone 2,000 or wow, even 6,000 years ago. MAJORLY DIFFERENT.
We are wrong. Dead wrong. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He has never changed and will never change. But sadly we use what we know and feel about life to package who God is, or at least who we think he is. God is not a feeling or a logical reasoning that you have come up within your own mind. God is GOD. Yahweh. Almighty Maker of heaven and earth. He has revealed things to us that he wants us to know. But, there are things he has not revealed as well. Secret things. What do we do with that information or lack thereof? We speculate. We make things up based on how we feel. We, in essence, pick pocket God. Or more realistically put, we attempt to rob him, steal from him. Good luck with that! Trying to come up with your own ideas about who God is without studying what he has revealed to us in his Word is as Jay Adams in The Grand Demonstration puts it “nothing less than attempted theft.” Don’t do it. Stop reasoning based on your feelings and reason based on God’s Word. Our faith alone comes by grace alone through Scripture alone.
The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. ~ Deuteronomy 29:29 ESV