The “G” Word

I  was driving down the highway one day and had the radio on.  I really wasn’t listening to it.  It was just kind of low background noise.  I was not talking to anyone on the phone.  I was not texting while driving.  I was not engaged in anything but looking out of the windshield to see where I was going.  Suddenly, the conversation on the radio caught my attention because of the subject that had come forward.  I did not know who the person was.  She was a female singer from Canada who had released a new album and that was the purpose of the interview.

She had written many of the songs on the album, and she was talking about the nature of the music and the subject matter.  The featured song of the group was the one that had gotten the most traction and play.  The interviewer was asking about that song.  It was at that point that the interview became more interesting to me because she said that in the song she had used the “G” word.  The “G” word, I thought.  It is strange how many words we cannot use and do not use because of political correctness or the fact that they may be vulgar or trashy in nature. I understand that, but I did not know what the “G” word was, but the more she talked I realized that she was talking about God though she would not say God.

Many of the people who helped with her album encouraged her not to use the “G” word.  She felt that it needed to be used, and began to explain who she thought or what she thought was represented by the “G” word.  She said that she was not talking about some male figure that she was supposed to obey or do whatever pleased him.  She was talking about the creative, superior intelligence that exists in each of us.  She talked about her concept of God.  She said each one of us has a representation and centeredness of that being and she rejected the biblical kind of picture of a loving God that created us and loves us.

My mind moved toward the thoughts of Romans 1 when Paul said, “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things” (vs. 22-23).  While she seemed to be an intelligent person and articulate, it was obvious that she had created a god for herself and celebrated that god within her own abilities, her own genius, and her own thoughts.  My immediate feelings were sadness that this no doubt gifted person had only discovered the god of her own making.  She had totally missed the wonder of the mighty God who cares for her, brought her into existence and desires to have a relationship with her.  But still, in a kind of arrogant and somewhat boastful and even belligerent way she had gone ahead and used in her song the “G” word in spite of what people might think.

It is a sad day when the great God of all creation is relegated to a representation letter because our world wants nothing to do with Him.  While I thought about how she wanted to celebrate God as the creativity within her, I also thought about all of us.  People have always wanted to make God into what they want God to be so that He will think like them, act and react like them and have the same desires, goals and dislikes that they have.  They shape Him into some philosophical look that even in many places and in many times becomes a work of art whether carved out of wood, molded from clay, or even shaped into a golden image with their own hands.  They create what they think God is like.

Most of the time, it is done with trappings of philosophy, high-mindedness and with a streak of rebellion that rejects the God who is, in order to shape the god they want.   It is a never ending kind of search and struggle.  The Apostle Paul was familiar with that kind of pervasive and perverted idea of God in culture for he himself had walked down that road at Mars Hill in Acts 17.  He saw the statues and the representations of God in that setting.  They had even created a god that nobody knew about just in case they had missed one.  They set up the statue to the unknown god.

Paul walked into the midst of the philosophers and announced that he wanted to tell them about the God that they did not know and that His name was Jesus.  All of the people began to gather around and they said, “Let’s hear what this babbler has to say.  Maybe he has a new idea!”  Indeed, he did, for no longer were they going to be able to think that there was an unknown god, a “G” word kind of god.  Paul presented a Christ who loved them and could save them from their sins.  But, as with so many today, they brushed that aside and rejected his message.

I felt sorry for the lady who was telling that she used the “G” word in her song and could not even call His name.  I thought that is the reality and story of us all.  From our first parents in the Garden of Eden who ran and hid, to a whole congregation of God’s people coming out of Egyptian bondage who decided they would shape a golden calf, to a rich young ruler who would get up and walk away from Jesus because he wanted to hold on to the stuff of the gods of this world, to a disciple who grabbed his 30 pieces of silver rather than God’s great gift, to a thief hanging on a cross beside the Savior of the world and rejected Him, it is our story.  We do not have to reject Him!  He is reaching out to all of us in love, grace and forgiveness.  He will save you.  He will come and give you life that never ends.  You can trust Him right now.

The “G” word is for our God who sent what I guess some people would call the “J” word, His loving Son, Jesus.  The Bible says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved” (Rom. 10:13).  Turn from your sins and turn to the Savior.  Call on Him right now and you too can say – Praise God.

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Jim Futral
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