(Warning, this may be a little strong for some, but truthful for all!)
In the years I’ve spent worshipping God in church, I’ve always heard men and women of God preach how God is so displeased with His children. On any given Sunday morning service or midweek service, one was sure to hear a message about what we, as the Body of Christ, were doing wrong and how God wasn’t happy with us.
We were instructed about how God hated sin. In fact, we were taught more about the hatred of sin, than anything else. Many people understood sin to be certain activities one could engage in that supposedly displeased God, like watching television, wearing the color red, listening to jazz, drinking a glass of wine, even playing games like dominoes and cards.
Distraction of God
However, I must inform you that sin is not your action, but your distraction. Sin is your distraction from the will of God for your life! What is the will of God? John 6:29 declares, “Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” Therefore, the work or will of God is to believe on Him. Sin is any distraction, which takes one away from the belief in God, like fear and doubt.
Majority of the time, I was taught to believe our God is an angry God, sitting in judgment, waiting for the failure of His child that He may strike them down. Who really wants to serve a God like that? God doesn’t want you to live in fear of Him, but in love with Him! Many of us are in a relationship with God equivalent to that of an abusive relationship or marriage.
Are you in an abusive relationship with the Father?
In an abusive relationship, the victim tends not to live life for themselves, but rather live life to the approval of their mate. You lose sight of your dreams and goals. The victim tends to be on edge and on guard, knowing at any given time an abusive attack can happen, depending on the mood of their mate. The victim is made to feel subservient, not good enough, and always unqualified. Is this the way our God makes us feel or is this the way we have been taught to feel?
Many have carried this bitter portrayal of a relationship into the relationships of our family, children and jobs. Our children are more afraid of us, than loving towards us. People will have a tendency to avoid us, for fear they can never please us.
We have been taught, according to Isaiah 64:6, that all of our good deeds are as “filthy rags” unto God. This scripture has been taught in error! First, this is not the sentiments of God; this is Israel responding to God about how remorseful they feel about turning away from God in doubt. Israel don’t feel worthy of the blessings of God, but God never stated that He felt their good was as filthy rags.
According to this erroneous teaching, one could never please God, therefore it appears to be no use in trying. It would appear that loving your neighbor, believing God and having faith would be considered nothing more than a feminine hygiene product that has been soiled and ready to be trashed. This is what Israel is literally referring to when stating “filthy rags.” Therefore, we’ve been taught all of our good is just as unappealing to God as a used tampon or maxi pad! That’s WRONG!
Just being human, I wouldn’t want my children, wife and friends to think, that the very best they have and could have done for me, was worth nothing more than a soiled tampon. According to Psalms 8, God considers man just as much as His angels.
4What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
5For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
6Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
7All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;
8The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
9O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
To me, that seems to be a lot of power, benefits and care given to someone whose works appear to worth that of a filthy rag or a used maxi pad. It just doesn’t seem a good business move to dominion and authority to someone who’s best job performance is nothing more than a soiled tampon. I know that’s not a good image in the mind, neither is that how God thinks of us!
In spending time with God, I believe you will realize there are times when God becomes Happy! I find it hard to believe God will favor you and can never be happy with you. I find it hard to believe God will give to you and can never be happy with you. I find it almost humanly impossible to love someone and never be happy with them.