It is impossible to escape the fact that God as defined in the Bible is a lot different than “God” as depicted in our culture. Our culture, especially Christian culture, often paints a picture of God that sifts Him down and depicts Him as small enough to fit in a nice, neat, pleasantly decorated box.
The God of the Box
The God of the Box is a God we can handle.
He is a God we can master.
He is a God we can comprehend completely.
He is a God we can control.
He is a God we can order, and instruct, and use for our own purposes.
The God of the box is a God minus sovereignty.
He is a God absent in suffering, or without the power to affect it.
He is a God who makes sense, but not salvation.
He is a God who has power, but not ultimate.
He is a God who we affect, but who has very little effect on us.
The God of the box is safe, but not good.
He is easy to digest.
He makes suggestions, not commands.
He is here to serve, not to save.
He is an idea, not an answer.
He is an option, not a requirement.
The God of the box is weak and non-descript.
He gets sad, not mad.
He tries, but doesn’t accomplish.
He is the gentle purr of a pussy cat minus the treacherous roar of the lion.
He may look imposing, but in the end, He’s just a cardboard cutout of a God.
He is a God small enough and safe enough to fit in your pocket.
The God of the Box is no God at all.
He is an idea of God that is absent from Scripture.
He is an idol formed in our own fallible image, rather than the true reflection of God.
He is a manageable bite-size have-it-your-way God.
Beware of the God of the Box.
21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.