Romans 8:38-39: “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
|Wolverine attack on Halloween 2012|
I’m sure Paul, the writer of Romans, would have also added “nor attack by Wolverine can separate us from the love of God.” He probably would have put something in there about Storm’s long speeches too. (In tonight’s picture, the part of Wolverine is played by the ever fantastic Andrew Shayde).
But seriously, the alternative title for tonight’s blog post is “Why I Think Theology is Important.” Hang in there, it isn’t as boring as it may sound.
Theology is an attempt to understand who God is, and how we live our lives in response to that interpretation. For example, if one sees God as angry, one may make life choices to try to appease God. Unfortunately, people have used their definition of God to oppress, to discriminate to wage wars, and to seize power. And truthfully, that pisses me off.
It is important to ponder and talk our concepts of who God is, especially in the midst of many voices that preach a God of hate or intolerance. I want to add my voice of dissent to that kind of theology. I understand God to be loving, accepting, and full of hospitality and welcome. That belief dictates how I live my life.
Today’s verse from Romans 8 is my favorite verse in the Bible, and tells us something of who God is. It is a great reminder that no matter what, God loves us. No matter what people say about who we are, no matter the success or failures we have, no matter our struggles with fear, depression, insecurity, alcohol, or drugs, no matter the names people call us… that is *not* how God sees us. Nothing can stop God from loving us like crazy. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. Not even a wild Wolverine attack.
God of love, Sometimes it is hard to believe that you love us, especially when we hear voices of judgement. Help us to know the depth of your compassion, and that you will never take that away from us. Show us your love in our lives, especially if we have difficulty seeing it. Please give us all big metaphorical hugs, and help us to love one another too. Thanks, and Amen.