The Tantrums We Throw

“Be sure that the ins and outs of your individuality are no mystery to Him; and one day they will no longer be a mystery to you.” – C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

A few days ago in “Born ‘That Way’ – Just Like Everybody Else” we took up the case of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and ordination of non-celibate homosexuals. In response, a friend forwarded a sermon by her pastor, also of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in response to the new ordination rules (http://www.firstpreshp.org/Documents/Sermons/22May11.pdf). It’s a good read.

I found quite interesting the story that the pastor relates of another denomination struggling with the issues of gay marriage and ordination. In 2004, the United Methodist General Conference was held in Lake Junaluska, in the mountains of North Carolina. There too the vote was in regards to homosexuality and ordination standards, and they chose in favor of hewing to the Word of God, which expressly condemns the practice of homosexuality.

In a celebration of the Sacrament after the vote, one member, who had hoped for a different outcome, grabbed the chalice away from the bishop and smashed it to the ground, shattering it into many pieces.

Everybody out there who has kids can relate …

“I want ice cream for dinner!”

“No, you can’t have ice cream for dinner.”

“Why?”

“Because it’s not good for you.”

“But I want it, if you loved me you’d let me have it!”

“I assure you, son, I love you more than you can possibly imagine – and I love you enough to let you go through this pain, this frustration, this tantrum; I love you enough to keep you from things that will harm you  no matter how badly you want them.” …

We can all throw tantrums at God. I suspect we all have. He is imminently patient with His children.

As C. S. Lewis also noted in The Problem of Pain: “Tribulations cannot cease until God either sees us remade or sees that our remaking is now hopeless.”

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