God is always bigger than the boxes we build for God, so we should not waste time protecting the boxes.
—–Richard Rhor from Everything Belongs
Several years ago, when such things appealed to me, I bought a “high quality” counterfit Rolex watch while on a mission trip to Mexico. My fake was so good, it had the sweep second hand, a serial number, and all the rest. After about three months the stem just came off. I hesitated but decided to bring it to a jeweler to be repaired. The clerk treated me very nicely when I brought my watch into his shop. A few days later I received a call that my watch was fixed and ready for pickup. For reasons I can’t remember, my wife went to the store for the pickup. When she arrived and presented the claim ticket, she was told it would be a few minutes because my watch had been put in the safe for security reasons. Imagine that – a fifty dollar fake Rolex locked in the safe with the real ,valuable stuff! I would call that protecting an empty box.
So many of our ideas about God are so far off base, but we defend them to the last breath. Our “boxed” God is further away from the real God that we can ever imagine. Your idea. my idea of God is limited by our ability to understand the supernatural. That’s why it is childish to be so protective of our “boxed” God. Denominations have been formed, people have been imprisioned, all to protect empty boxes.
Today I challenged you to take a look a your “God Box” and determined its value. I think you will find it lacks the true awe and majesty of God, and yet you defend it on a regular basis. Let’s all try to see God as so big that we can never fit him into a box. In doing so, life becomes a journey beyond our imagination, and God becomes more majestic.
- Emotionally Speaking (thompsonhall.com)
4 responses to “Protecting Empty Boxes”
Amen! I started ‘The Mystery of God: Theology for Knowing the Unknowable’ by Stephen D Boyer and Christopher A Hall earlier this week, and this boxed-up god is just the sort of thing it’s tackling. A very timely post!
Wm “”“Be kind, love God and neighbor and that’s it” Enjoy your day!
Very well said! Hearty ‘amens’ from the other side of the Atlantic 🙂
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