“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our image of God.” A. W. Tozer
If I asked you right now what you think God looks like or sounds like, what would you say? An oversized old man with a snowy white beard sitting on a huge throne on a cloud like we see in cartoons? Or would you say God looks like George Burns or Morgan Freeman, as He has been depicted by Hollywood?
Or what about how you THINK about God . . . Is God a harsh judge just waiting to punish you? Or do you think that God is too busy to take care of you or think about you, and you don’t want to “bother God” about the things that bother YOU?
These thoughts or images might be cliché, but they haunt our sanctuaries and our worship—HOW we think about things IS important—it influences everything we do. Think about this: the only god (notice the small “g”) that could endorse slavery would be a WHITE god; the only god that could approve of gender subjugation or inequality would be a male god. If God made us in God’s own image, as we read in our Holy Scripture, then both genders and all shapes and colors reflect that (mind blown). The way we think about God matters, because it influences us in ways of which we are rarely aware.
Palm Sunday for believers is the end of ignorance and innocence and the beginning of Holy Week—the Passion. By our participation this Sunday morning, we join with centuries of believers who both celebrate and grieve the indescribable gift of God to us.