Lawmaker or Lawbreaker?
God is everywhere so he can be sued in Nebraska.
Widespread death. Destruction. Terrorization of millions upon millions of the earth’s inhabitants.
Such was the accusation stated in Douglas County, Nebraska this week in a lawsuit filed by State Senator Ernie Chambers against … God. Chambers, who regularly skips the morning prayers when the senate is in session and is known for criticizing Christians, is seeking a permanent injunction against the Almighty. He also blames God for “fearsome floods, horrendous hurricanes, and terrible tornadoes.”
Chambers, who reminds us that God is everywhere so he can be sued in Nebraska, admits that his lawsuit is frivolous. He submitted the claim to make a point that some lawsuits are becoming ridiculous*.
Truth be told, Chambers’ complaint against God isn’t that frivolous at all. Haven’t you ever been angry at God? Accused God of mismanagement? Felt frustrated that his plans get to be unreasonable at times?
Like Job, who said about God, “Today also my complaint is bitter; his hand is heavy despite my groaning. Oh, that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his dwelling! I would lay my case before him, and fill my mouth with arguments” (Job 23:2-4). Sounds like a lawsuit to me. Job was a bitter man. In the end, God didn’t show up in court as Job had hoped. What God did was he made Job the defendant and Job ate these words of pride.
One prophet in the Bible explains “You have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet you say, ‘How have we wearied him?’ By saying, ‘All who do evil are good in the sight of the LORD, and he delights in them.’ Or by asking, ‘Where is the God of justice’” (Malachi 2:17)? We wear God out when we constantly question his administration like taking potshots at a president’s decisions. Presidents can make mistakes and break promises. God can’t.
No, we won’t always understand why some cancers kill and others are cured, or why hurricanes destroy lives, or why terrorists get away with mass murder. It’s not our place to understand, other than to confess that the sinfulness of the human race has spoiled God’s good world and is spinning out of our control.
Neither can we understand why the Almighty would give up his only Son for sinners. Sinners who complain too much and trust too little. That’s a mountain of mercy too big for my mind to climb. But it’s a mountain nonetheless, and it’s where sinners look for our forgiveness. The mercy of God and his promises of faithful love are ours. God gives them freely without question.
He only asks that we think twice before accusing him of not knowing what he’s doing. He knows more than we do. And he loves us more than he really should. That’s good enough for me.
PRAYER: When I can’t understand you, God, I think that sometimes I’m just trying too hard to put you into my way of operating. I’m glad you don’t fit, or you’d be a worthless idol. Continue your ways of infinite wisdom and unending love even when I chafe at your work in the world. And work on me. Change me to be more accepting and trusting of you. Create in me a more humble faith that is more willing to believe your promises and take a stand on your truth. Amen.