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God Is Not A Gentleman

I heard someone recently refer to God as a gentleman.  This sounds like a wonderfully plausible statement, doesn’t it?  The idea is that God is a gentleman who will not force Himself upon anyone.  This person was trying to convey what he thought was a beautiful picture of God.

However, is it biblical and accurate?

Did God sit back and let Noah think about whether he wanted to build the ark?

Did He tell Abraham that if he felt like it he could move to the land He would give him?

He wrestled with Jacob.

He showed up in a burning bush to Moses and when Israel didn’t obey He wiped several of them out.

I know, though, you have some objections.  You want to say Jesus wasn’t like that.

Jesus told his disciples to follow Him.

He told one man to sell everything he had, give it to the poor and follow Him.

He called the Pharisees hypocrites and snakes.

Jesus told Zaccheus to come down out of a tree because He was going to eat with him.  He invited Himself to dinner.

Let’s fast forward.

He struck Paul blind and sent Ananias a message that he was a chosen instrument of His to go to the Gentiles.

Simply put, I don’t think that God is a gentleman.

I think God is God.

He does things His way.  Who are we to argue with it?

What do you think?  Is God a gentleman?  Or is He simply God?

  1. January 24, 2012 at 5:32 am

    i agree with you Larry. People today want a “kinder gentler God: so they take away His majesty and power and might. They also take away the fact that He is also a Judge and will discipline. he loves us but he does not compromise who he is. Well thought out post my friend.

    • January 24, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Bill, it seems like folks like to tame God down.

  2. January 24, 2012 at 11:46 am

    This reminds of that line from Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, & the Warddrobe (referring to Aslan): “Course he’s not safe, but he’s good.”

    I think we so often want God to be good in the way we measure goodness, and in the way he transcendently is.

    Good words, Larry!

  3. April 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    My sentiments exactly – and I can think of a few more. The most common use of this is in calling to serve (“God is a gentleman and won’t make you do anything you are not ready/willing to do. Hello – Moses??). The next most common is when we don’t “claim” our blessing – God has it there waiting for us but since he’s a gentleman he won’t force it on us. Really? Thanks for putting things in perspective – wishing others would get it!

  1. January 28, 2012 at 7:49 am

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