I received a tweet today from Andrew Womack – and this is nothing personal against him – which said, “God wants each of us to mature to the point where we can enjoy just hanging out with Him”.
And my blood is boiling.
I am so sick of this cavalier attitude towards a HOLY, Creator God. We don’t just ‘hang out with Him’. Nobody ever has – and nobody ever will. And I mean Nobody. His Son Yeshua most certainly didn’t speak about Him this way.
So if we can agree to get rid of the slang and talk about ‘spending time with Him’, does that change things?
Yes. It proves that this statement is also fundamentally wrong – because you can’t possibly reach maturity without spending time with Him. There is no other way to grow than to know Him, speak to Him, stop and listen so that you learn to hear and recognise His lovely voice – and to do whatever He asks of course. Cultivating that relationship with our Wonderful Heavenly Father is what leads to maturity – but using the colloquialism ‘hanging out’ demeans that most precious relationship to something you do with mates, chums, casual friends. We can sing with all our hearts “What a Friend we have in Jesus”, and we can learn, like Abraham, to become a friend, but we must never forget it is not an equal relationship. It can’t possibly be.
So, am I being pedantic? Overly fussy?
Today, I just feel I’ve had more than enough.
He is Sovereign, Creator, Holy, Yahweh. He deserves all the respect we can possibly muster – because the fear (reverence) of The Lord is a hatred of sin – and the beginning of wisdom or knowledge. (Proverbs 1:7, 8:13, 9:10 and Psalm 111:10).
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