I found this article, written by one of my former grad school professors, both interesting and helpful in sorting out all of the Tebow love/hate going around. As I’ve said before, when we think about God’s involvement in the world, there are two extremes to avoid.
The first sees God as the cause of everything…EVERYthing. As in, “God just completed Tebow’s pass!” It seems to me that this is the view non-Christians, with good reason, find so troubling (“Why does God find time to help famous Christians complete passes and get good parking spots when he can’t find the time to cure cancer or keep children from going hungry?” they ask.)
The second sees God as completely divorced from the world and its goings on. This is a god who might be acknowledged, but never loved, a cosmic, absentee landlord. This one is the more subtle of the two, but you hear it in statements that begin “God doesn’t care about…”
Somewhere between those two extremes there’s an understanding of God as intimately involved in the events of our lives but not hijacked for our personal agendas. I’ll stop there and just point you to the link. John Mark Hicks has done a lot of thinking about God’s role in our successes, our pains, and everything in between. He’s a faithful guide in this quick article.
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