Tuesday, December 2, 2008

God Bless You...

12/20/06

As I listen to people speak and interact with one another and listen to people’s concerns working at a call center with Safeco Insurance I am deeply hurt by the phrase, “God bless you.” I just got off the phone with a man who was extremely rude to me. Basically when he called in he asked to speak to his adjuster. I have no idea who that is so I asked for his claim number, he then began his montage of insults of “you people ask to many question”, “that is your problem”, “look just transfer me over”. After I ripped the claim number out of him and transferred the call to his adjuster he ends by saying “God bless you”

Thank you sir! Unfortunately God is judged (when I say judged I mean people base their thoughts and opinions on who God is based on what His people represent Him to be) and people get a first impression of Him by the people who represent Him like the lovely gentleman mentioned above. So if I were not man of faith myself I would think, if that is what your God is like, rude, abrasive, impatient, and generally angry, I don’t want any parts of Him. I guarantee this gentlemen like many others will go to church this Sunday and worship God, which is an awesome thing, and wonder why there are so many people opposed to God. The problem is that normally a person will not reflect on their daily interactions with people and think as long as they worship God on Sunday and sing all the right songs that it doesn’t matter what they do through out the week to others. I know that we all have bad days and that we all fall. I know that it is possible to just have a bad day. Where in God’s word, where in God’s character do people get the impression they can be rude and please God at the same time. Isn’t that why you go to Church? The point of the church is to learn more about God and His ways, in doing this you are worshipping God. So why would you not aim to please God everyday in all you do. That is the problem, God has been skewed into this God that only wants you to behave on Sunday, that you are free to cut up and act the fool whenever you like as long as you step in line on Sunday to check off doing something for Him like you are supposed to do. The problem is that many people think God is about us, when it is the other way around, we should be all about God. I mean, God is all about us, He loved us so much He sent Jesus to die on earth as a lowly man, a criminals death.. But God also has standards that we are held accountable for. Jesus said that the 1st and most important commandment is to love God and the second is to love others and all the rest hinge on these two. So, by being rude we are breaking the first two and most important commandments right?

On behalf of all who end there rude rampages with, “God bless you” I apologize for their misrepresentation of what God is really like and thought you should know we miss the mark a lot, but God is all loving and calls us to be patient and loving as well.

To all those who say God bless you, please make sure you represent Him well before you seal your statements with a representation of Him. Many are out there who don’t like God because He is so misrepresented by His followers. Christians, please think about all the small things you do through out the day, people judge God for what we do.

I mess up all the time, I just have the advantage of after thought right now.

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