Hi, I really love your blog and I love your take on different issues. I’m wondering if you can help me. I have a very intelligent, seeking friend who spends his time learning about different cultures, demographics and religions. He just sent me Genesis 11 and pointed out that God brings division to humanity, and through it war, racism, and other kinds of oppression. I really don’t know what to say because that’s a really valid point, and I’ve always been huge on God bringing justice and love…
Thank you for your kind words and for trusting me with this issue. It’s a tough one — and you’re not the only one who thinks so.
I think deep inside, every single Christian in the world has an unresolved tension with the Old Testament. If the OT were a dinner guest, we’d all be staring at her from across the room as she flips furniture and tells wild stories and eats the entire martini glass. She’s kind of hot, but she’s also a tad bit crazy.
I don’t mean to sound blasphemous, but really: with all these Christian books trying to reconcile the “gracious fairy God” with the “OT monster God,” it sounds like we’re just apologizing for God all the time. Does He really need all this watered down press? Does He need better public relations? Can we really tame the God of the Bible?
Because if God is really God, then He can do whatever He dang well wants. Fortunately for us: God is “bound” by His very own nature, so however you assume God works, you’ll see His actions as immediately bad or investing in the good.