“I Don’t Believe in Your God!”

I guess from the sheltered world I live in as a pastor, I should not be surprised at how surprised I am by the number of people I come across on Facebook who openly claim that they believe in a god, but not in My God! The latest round of evidence over this came about from my earlier post about being anti-gay and pro Chick-fil-A.

That post has given me a lot to think about because of the amount of criticism I received over it on Facebook, even being called a “bigot” by one man, who has since de-friended me. I do listen to the criticism because I want to make sure that I don’t fall into the trap of being blindsided by my own sin. I’ve since re-read the article I posted, and I don’t see anything in it that would cause me to want to remove the post. I stand by it.

What really bothers me are the number of people who would say, in the midst of dialog, that they don’t believe in “my God.” They have beliefs in a god, but not the God that I proclaim from Scripture. This really strikes me as sad and odd. Why would you go to the trouble of believing in a god at all if that god is not the living and true God revealed to us in His word? It is utter foolishness, given that the God of Scripture has declared to us, mankind in general, that we are to worship Him alone and no other gods (Exodus 20:3). He has also declared to us that He is the Creator of heaven and earth and all things in the earth belong to Him (Psalm 24:1). He has declared to us that only by coming to Him through Jesus Christ do we have access to Him (John 14:6). We also know that Jesus Christ is the final judge of all mankind (John 5:27). The living and true God has gone to great pains to make sure that we know whom to worship and how to worship Him, even telling us that those who do not come to Him through Christ are destined for eternal damnation.

It doesn’t make sense to me to sit back and believe in any less than the living and true God that has gone to such pains, even pain and death on the cross, and say, “I don’t believe in You. I prefer a god that is far more palatable.”

But then again, Jesus warned us about those who would reject the message, noting that they cannot come to Him UNLESS the Father draws them (John 6:44). So all the explanations in the world will not do UNLESS the Father draws them. He may indeed do so in the future and we can pray and share with them in the hopes that He does just that. Until that moment that they convert, we can only trust that they remain as Stephen accused the Jews of being: “You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears!” 

That is what we deal with until God moves. The world hates Jesus and His righteousness as He told us it would (John 7:7). That is why you get responses like this:

I agree with you that not everyone has extremist views. However, Mr. Hammons is the perfect example of the type of bigot that CFA supports by donating millions in profits to groups like the Family Research Council. Mr. Hammons is welcome to his opinion, but I will not sit idly by while Mr. Hammons and those of his ilk work so hard to persecute gay people and to criminalize their behavior. Mr. Hammons states that he is being “condemned” for not standing with gays when in the same breath he condemns gays and declares that they are on the “road to eternal damnation.” Ironic, isn’t it? No one is asking Mr. Hammons to “stand with gays.” All gays and gay supporters (like me) ask is for people like Mr. Hammons to respect their desire to be treated equally. Doesn’t seem like too much to ask, does it?

Can you feel the love? He accuses me of trying to pass laws to criminalize gay behavior. If you remember, gay behavior was already criminalized long before we were born. But alas, that is lost on this man. He thinks that by standing against gay unions mislabeled as marriage, I’m criminalizing their behavior. It’s sad that this man de-friended me. But after listening to my Savior’s words, not surprising. They rejected Christ, they will reject us who stand against the homosexual community as well.

Matthew 5:11-12 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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11 thoughts on ““I Don’t Believe in Your God!”

  1. David Ochabski

    Good post.

    What really strikes me is how this whole Chick-fil-A ordeal has been blown way out of proportion. There’s a big difference between saying “I believe in traditional marriage” and “I hate everyone who doesn’t believe in traditional marriage.”

    If a person really thinks Mr. Hammons (or any other Christian at that) is a “bigot” or “homophobic,” I really suggest that they inspect their claim.

    1) I don’t even think I’ve met a Christian in my life who’s homophobic, so let’s first get that out of the way. The term really holds no bearing and is just an attack made to stir emotion (purely demagogue).

    2) If one really thinks Christians are bigots, then ask a few questions: Why wasn’t there controversy when President Obama spoke to the world and said he believes in traditional marriage too? Why aren’t polygamist groups, bestiality groups, and ephebophila groups also outraged? And why aren’t Christians doing the same and protesting against gay bars around the country?

    The outrage is totally bogus. Real Christians love people that are gay just as much as people who drink, or people who have committed adultery. We love the sinner, not the sin and are just telling them what is good because we love them (Romans 13:8-10)

    P. S. – I also have a list of evidence for God, as shown in the Bible, is in fact the True and Living God. It’s on the main page of my website.

    God Bless you Timothy. :}

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    1. Hi David,
      Thanks for stopping by. You make two really great points. On the second one, I think it was just like Bill Clinton when he sounded conservative, everyone on the left knew he was lying. That’s why they didn’t make a big deal. Lying on the left is seen as something noble, instead of the sin that it is.
      Blessings

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    2. Julie

      Very well said, David.
      Disturbingly, those that are the most outraged by Christians exercising their First Amendment right are hypocrites. They believe it is their sole right to voice their opinions in the public arena without being challenged and those that disagree are haters or racist.

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  2. They don’t believe in our GOD because HE requires you to be answer to HIM instead of yourself. They would rather worship self or a false god for they worship what is to their advantage(or so they think). Sad, but JESUS says the “road is narrow and few there are that find it”.

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  3. Melissa

    I have notice that as long as you agree with them they are happy. Yet if you don’t conform to their beliefs or have an opinion against it, you’re labeled as a bigot or a gay-hater, simply for having a different opinion. I may not like their lifestyle, but before I can fix their problems I have to fix mine first. Remember what Jesus said about removing the smote in your own eye first? Loving others is hard, but hey with Jesus’ help we can do it. Instead of demanding they change, I believe it’s better to pray that Jesus will reach them. In the meantime, let’s love them as we ought to.

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  4. Karen

    If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”[e] 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

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  5. Greg

    I really enjoy your posts! I want to also let you know that I will pray that your message reaches those in a very lost world. Keep up the great work – Gig’em ’89

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