Yesterday morning in a sermon the speaker (Dr Rick Thomas) lamented the fact that often God Almighty is reconfigured by us as God All-Matey. Classic! And so right. It never ceases to perplex me why many Christians seem to want a nice, cuddly God who can be their buddy.
Granted that God is not actually like this but why would people even want 'him' to be? That's what perplexes me.
I don't want God as an inflated version of my best mate (who is always in a good mood and just wants to cuddle people when they fall down). I want a God who smokes (in the Sinai sense). I want the transcendent-immanent God of the Bible. I want to know the God who surpasses knowledge.
Don't give me that slushy-puppy-God and don't teach my kids that God is like that!
Give us the God that makes us fall down on our faces in wonder, love, and awe. Anything else is in danger of being an idol.