Monday, October 4, 2010

A kind of cosmic Mr. Rogers

"While falling all over ourselves trying to conceal this 'embarrassing' feature of God's character, we've sent this signal to our culture: God is infinitely understanding, sympathetic, patient, and sentimental. God is nice! God is a kind of cosmic Mr. Rogers, always ready to greet you with a warm smile and a pleasant word.

Because we have difficulty reconciling wrath with our perception of a loving God, the Church and this culture have sought to create God in their own image. But Scripture makes no apologies concerning the wrath of God. In fact, A.W. Pink notes that there are more references to God's wrath in the Bible than to his love. We probably don't have any of these passages underlined, but perhaps we should. We need to give serious study to the wrath of God."
-C.J. Mahaney