A God in control is comforting, but inauthentic. We are happy with this God until “you know what” hits the fan and our world falls like the Tower of Babel. A God in control would have to guide everything—the good, the bad and the ugly. But a God who created a good human race that went bad and ugly is a completely different story. This God isn’t responsible for our mistakes, our suffering or our pain.
Theological Control—Nice, but Absurd
I define theological control as God predetermining the path of the world. This God acts from a distance, deciding the fate of each person and consequently the fate of the world. I oppose this view of God and propose another.
A Different Brand of God
God created the heavens, the earth and humanity—making chaotic things orderly. He then asked us to bring order to the world, as he did in the beginning (Genesis 1:24–28). But, we rebelled; along with many other powers he created (e.g., demons). In return, we became vessels of chaos, joining the ranks of the fallen ones. The world is now heading its own direction and its only hope is a God who can re-create it—a God who can bring order to the world again. The salvation God brought to the world in his son is the first sign of this (Romans 5–6).
God Will Take Control
God can intercede at anytime because he is the creator. But, he lets us be our own criminals and create our own victims. He is giving us time to choose him back because as soon as his son comes again we will have to face judgment for our crimes—only to be deemed guilt free through choosing his son. He has given us a way out in his son—something he didn’t have to do. Nonetheless, most of the world rejected freedom because sin seemed like more fun.
Our Comfortable but Phony God
In response to the harsh reality of this world, we created our own image of God. We invented a God in control because he made us feel better about the ugliness of humanity. But this God is a façade. God is not going to do everything for us—we have to make our own choices. We got ourselves into this mess, but his son will get us out of it. Until then, you can be a vessel for good.
What do you think an authentic God looks like? What’s your view of God?