The God of the Box

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. 

Reality:

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.

Romans 1:21-23   

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.

About Pastor Andrew

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Carissa, Daddy to four daughters, Lead Pastor at LifePoint Church in Vancouver, WA.
This entry was posted in 2theSource, For Pastors and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to The God of the Box

  1. larry wasson says:

    You are right on. My God is not in a box. His plans are far above ours. His plans are more enjoyable in every thing we do. God is in control. PTL

  2. Holly says:

    I must agree. If God isn’t everything He says He is, then He is a liar. But…God cannot lie. So, that means that He is the God of both the New AND Old Testaments and His attributes never change.

    I recently spoke with a friend who told me that she does not believe that God punishes. (Can you see my jaw on the floor?!) I loving guided her to the book of Isaiah and reminded her that His punishment is for our good, not for His pleasure. (But that’s Old Testament, she said.)

    Unfortunately, people only want to submit to a god who gives them good things.

  3. Gordon Padget says:

    I guess I sometimes (way too often) like to have God in my Box. That way I think I can define what parts of my life He can see and where I can use Him best. Unfortunately when I do this it makes me – self – god. I become self centered and self absorbed and self righteous and self serving, and even self edifying. When I acknowledge God as way bigger then any box I can come up with the first thing I feel is fear, but according to Proverbs 1:7 and 9:10, this is actually a good place to start.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s