DayBreaks for 1/30/20: The Death of God(s)
During the late 50’s through the early 70’s, there was a group of theologians who boldly proclaimed “God is dead.” The idea was somewhat popularized earlier by Nietzsche. It was even featured in Time magazine and other mainline news magazines and the idea had profound implications for our society and world. Debates and symposia on the subject captured great attention.
And then, seemingly as quickly as it rose to prominence in those three decades, the God is Dead movement died. I don’t know exactly why, but I suspect that it may have been because people just couldn’t cope with the implications of a universe without purpose and meaning. Here’s the thinking, as laid out by Steve Brown in A Scandalous Freedom: “Boiled down, those implications amounted to this: If there is no God, there is no value; if there is no value, there is no meaning; and if there is no meaning, you are a turnip growing for a time, dying, and returning to the earth from which you came.”
But let’s think for a moment about this in another way. Although I don’t believe for a single moment that God is dead, there are many gods, including some within me and within you, that need to die. Any selfishness, greediness, holding onto anger, racism, falsehood, pride, mean-spiritedness and the like are manifestations of a god that lives within me and that god is named me! They are all about me, me, me and my right and my interests and they care not for others.
Romans puts it this way: So then, brothers and sisters, we are not obligated to the flesh to live according to the flesh, because if you live according to the flesh, you are going to die. But if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. – Romans 8:12-13 (CSBBible)
I long for the day when I’ll be able to say “My gods are dead” so that only the rightful God remains forever.
What are some gods of yours that need to die?
PRAYER: Father, we need Your help in slaying the false gods in our lives so that You along reign within us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
On a side note, I like this:
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