DayBreaks for 1/14/20: A Suitable Household Pet
From the DayBreaks Archive, January 2010:
In late September, one of our dogs died. She’d been with us for nearly 13 years. She is missed. Within 2 months after her passing, my wife had a new puppy scampering around the house. Her name is Lucy, and for those who care, she’s a yellow lab. (If my recent messages have had typos, it’s because I’m a bit sleep deprived due to the puppy getting me up at night!)
When people pick pets, they weigh lots of things: cost, is there adequate room for this wee beastie, how will they blend in with other pets or with the family, do we want to go through the challenges of raising and housebreaking a dog again, etc.? In short, people are trying to determine if the new prospective pet will be a suitable pet for the household. That’s all well and good, and as it should be. We all want calm, safe, and non-threatening pets!
Some people seem to approach Christianity and their faith in Jesus as if He were going to be some sort of household pet. Do we think it’s important for our kids to have exposure to spiritual things? If so, what kinds of things and does it fit with Christianity, Judaism, Islam, or other religion best? What is best in keeping with my own belief system and worldview? There are many factors that some consider, and again, that’s not bad. But there’s one problem with it: Jesus is not calm, safe and non-threatening.
In Philip Yancey’s book, The Jesus I Never Knew, he states: “Two words one could never think of applying to Jesus of the Gospels: boring and predictable. How is it, then, that the church has tamed such a character – has, in Dorothy Sayers’ words, ‘very efficiently pared the claws of the Lion of Judah, certified Him as a fitting household pet for pale curates and pious old ladies?’”
What kind of a Jesus are you following? What kind of Jesus do you want? Do you really want a Jesus who kow-tows to what you want, who is subservient and so boringly predictable that there is no mystery left in the Son of God? I don’t want that kind of Jesus. Thank goodness we don’t have to settle for that kind of Lord!
PRAYER: You are so far beyond our grasping, Lord! Be the God of mystery and surprise in our lives each and every day! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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