16 December 2012

When it's time to be forsaken

I get frustrated with God when I find out I can't summon fire from heaven.

Sometimes it feels like God was so much more tangible and real in the Bible times. He flooded the world, He parted the red sea, He reduced Ninevah to ashes. He had prophets running around like nobody's business. And then when you get further down history, the number of miracles become more and more sparse, until you reach today and these stories are nothing more than a Sunday school lesson. Almost like God is slowly drifting away from us.

I mean, come on, I HAVE the faith of a mustard seed, I should AT LEAST be able to cause a hurricane or a  solar eclipse or something, right? Why did the disciples have the power to heal the sick and cast out demons? If my life is anything short of completely extraordinary, something is obviously wrong. Look at Moses. Elijah. Gladys Aylward. George Mueller.  They prayed for the most ridiculous intervention, and God ridiculously intervened. So what's wrong with us? Maybe we need to muster up more faith.

 Wait, THAT's the problem.  It seems that nowadays, Christians think that God will only work in us if we can thoroughly convince ourselves that He can. As if God's power was completely reliable on whether we have faith in it. It's like we're going all Jedi all the sudden, just "search your feeelllliiiinnggs" and you be able to make things float! This is the most deadly, stupid mistake the world could make.

Let's go back to a few Doctor Who posts, because they explain things so well.

Truth Number One: We're all just stories in the end.

I'm not trying to be whimsical or anything, I was being literal. When I tell a story, whether in competition or around the campfire, I have one rule: Know the beginning, and know the end. Everything else is freestyle. My stories are different every time I tell them, but the beginning and end is closed for business.

Truth Number Two: Time can be re-written.

In season 6, enemies of the Doctor schedule an event in time where the Doctor is murdered. The Doctor's friends try to prevent it, but the Doctor insists that his death MUST take place, or all of history will disintegrate.  Just because time can be re-written doesn't mean every time can be re-written.  His sacrifice is a fixed point in time, and nothing in all the universe can stop it.

Perhaps the surest sign of the end of the world is our unanswered prayers.  Back in history when time was more flexible, God re-wrote all sorts of things. But the universe is "hardening and narrowing to a point" like Lewis said, and "Good is always getting better and bad is always getting worse: the possibilities of even apparent neutrality are always diminishing."  There are more fixed points than there ever has been. There will come a point where we will plea with God like Jesus did in the garden, saying "is there any other way this can be done?" We will scream "My God, My God, why have You forsaken us?" and just like Jesus, He will not answer.  Not because He has forsaken us, but because these events MUST take place. The Ultimate Story has reached Act III, the wheat shall be separated from the chaff. It's not that God is becoming less real, he's become more real and more solid than He's ever been.  His final chapter is taking place, right now.  His spirit is moving on this earth, and He's not waiting for our permission. 

This is my warning to all Christians out there if you've even gotten to the bottom of this post. Times are getting harder. Literally--getting--HARDER.  This is where we face our final test, because it's going to SEEM like He's abandoned us (even though He hasn't). This is why "feelings" are going to be especially unhelpful right now. On the bright side, it's only going to get a million times worse.  Good and evil is becoming superlatively polarized, and the last battle has begun.  

So brace yourselves, warriors. It's time to be forsaken.
-The Minstrel Boy


  1. This is REALLLY good!
    One thing though and I've heard both sides of this story
    God made feelings and a relationship doesn't start until you feel for the other person.
    Just something to think about.
    My personal opinion is that God is not restricted by feelings he can use them and he can not
    -after all it's not like He's a tame lion

    1. Oh yeah I think that ties in to that verse in Romans--"I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy and compassion on whom I will have compassion".

      On the other hand we'd be in pretty bad shape if our relationship with God was based on His feelings for us. He probably wouldn't have died for us.

  2. Miracles still happen people are still raised from the dead (by godly and evil sources)

  3. um what about the verse I will never leave you nor forsake you...?

    1. Well, yes. The point was that we have to hang on even when it feels like He's forsaken us. God hadn't left or forsaken Jesus, but it sure felt like it to him. But God was just as much there as He is in every point of space and time. There's a really famous quote in The Screwtape Letters--

      “Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy's will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.”

  4. Yeah I added that thing after a week or so of not reading and i kinda thought that had nothing to do with what you wrote but I put it anyway.