Just a Thought.......
When I was in Seminary, a group of theologians published a book with the provocative title, “God is Dead”. As you might imagine, it raised a great hue and cry across the land and many declared them heretics, unworthy of the cloth.
But recently, I have come to believe that perhaps they were right, at least in this sense.
God is dead for many people. They may call out to Him in crisis, but on a daily basis they run their lives out of their own standards.
Curiously, long ago, Frederick Nietzsche told us of the results of such behavior.
He said, “God is dead. And we have killed Him. How shall we comfort ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?”
Look around. Nietzsche is right. People are their own gods, setting their own standards, bowing the knee only to their private, selfish wants and wishes.
Any talk of a higher standard, of a God who demands more of us, is scoffed at, laughed off and branded as delusional, and churches go empty because no one wants to hear any voice but their own.
It is a curious, and dangerous, behavior, and we read the results of it every day in the headlines.
Fortunately, God is NOT dead. God is where God has always been, waiting for mankind to come to its senses.
“If my people, who are called by my name, humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Rev. David Fischer is the Pastor at First Christian Church in Lexington