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Friday, August 28, 2015

Why God Doesn`t Have Grandchildren.

A while back, my girls and I attended a real Indian pauwau. Amid the festivities, one of the chiefs offered beautiful words of prayer to a creator deity they refer to as Grandfather.
During the prayer, my youngest daughter tugged on my hand and found my eyes open. In a confused little whisper, she asked "do we pray ?" "No," I whispered back," God's our Father not our grandfather.

Some might find this trivial. Others might
consider it dogmatic. I guess, God could be mistook for a grandfather. Especially by those of us, who visualize God as, some benevolent old guy who stays out of the way. For sure, too many of us have reduced our visits with God to brief encounters over the weekend. Sort of like spending the weekend with grandpa. I mean, you got to maintain somewhat of a relationship to get the good stuff at Christmas, right?

 To be clear, it is not my intention to split hairs or to slay some invisible dragon. Neither is my intention to insult Native American traditions. My intention is to kill a wolf in sheep's clothing, a heresy, disguised as multiculturalism.While the world embraces multiculturalism, we must remember God did not create the various cultures, man did. Lord knows, I aint trying to deliver a southern fried version of the gospel, neither y`all.  Multicultural ideas are bound to find their way into Christianity. It's not some mysterious phenomenon. Since Jesus created all of mankind, He resonates with men from all cultures. It's why Christianity is able to cross borders and appeal to even those belonging to other faiths. As platonic as some multiculturalism seems, if the ideas are contray to biblical teaching, they must be rejected. 

Here's why it matters. Satan's methods are subtle. Left to our own imaginations, we will invent our version of God. I found this quote from C. S. Lewis researching for this blog.

“What would really satisfy us would be a God who said of anything we happened to like doing, ‘What does it matter so long as they are contented?’ We want, in fact, not so much a Father in Heaven as a grandfather in heaven — a senile benevolence who, as they say, ‘liked to see young people enjoying themselves,’ and whose plan for the universe was simply that it might be truly said at the end of each day, ‘a good time was had by all.’”
— "The Problem of Pain"
The concept of a grandfather god leaves us with either another god, which is idolatry, or an absentee father. An absent father is either dead or has abandoned us. Those are ideas Satan would love to convince us of.  God chooses His children and the heirs to His kingdom. Unlike grandparents, it's  the exclusive right of a parent to choose the creation and number of their children.   Ephesians 1:4-5 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will. Fathers have a responsibility to meet the needs of dependant children. A tasked not assigned to grandparents. For example, grandfathers are not expected to discipline children in the way a father should. Make no mistake, our Father loves us and will discipline us. Hebrews 12:6 tells us because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son." By taking on the roll of Father, God has agreed to meet our needs and began an exclusive relationship with us.

Christ paid the ultimate price for us so that we might be called the sons and daughters of God. We are children because of His will and called to a holy inheritance. It is so important to realize we cannot create relatives for our Heavenly Father by procreating. Our children are not automatic heirs to our Father's kingdom. They too, must be adopted like all our brothers and sisters. Make sure your children know they must have an exclusive relationship with a Heavenly Father, because God has no grandchildren.

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