Atheist Unawares!

In Africa someone asked if I read Your God is Too Safe by Mark Buchanan. I was ambivalent about the title, because I think in the Father is the safest place to be to be in all the universe. But the book wasn’t about that. It was about making God in our own image, so that we never think he can lead us into risky places or does things we don’t understand. I get that! Living in the Father’s reality is one constant adventure that frequently pushes us to our extremes. But that’s not because he isn’t safe, but because we trust ourselves more than him. I was able to read about a third of the book and loved what he was saying. Here’s one story from that book that is painfully true, unfortunately:

Author and theologian Os Guiness was over speaking in Australia when a Japanese CEO approached him. He said to Guiness, “When I meet a Buddhist monk, I meet a holy man in touch with another world. When I meet a western missionary I meet a manager who is only in touch with the world I know.”

And then Guiness adds this comment, “You could day that many Christians are atheists unawares.”

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  1. Dom August 12, 2005 at 2:25 pm

    I find not so much that we dont trust Him in His leading so much as we don’t trust that we recognize Him[as the One who is doing the leading] i His leading and arent to thrilled about the reprocusions of missing the boat on that!Not that God cant cause the thing to work out for good but that it wasnt a necessary move to make.I guess we are all learning to hear the Father and learning what His voice and sounds like all the time…just glad there is no condemnaion for failing to be a good enough "hearer"…Glad to have ya back Wayne,you always stimulate my thinking bro…Dom

  2. Dom August 12, 2005 at 5:25 pm

    I find not so much that we dont trust Him in His leading so much as we don’t trust that we recognize Him[as the One who is doing the leading] i His leading and arent to thrilled about the reprocusions of missing the boat on that!Not that God cant cause the thing to work out for good but that it wasnt a necessary move to make.I guess we are all learning to hear the Father and learning what His voice and sounds like all the time…just glad there is no condemnaion for failing to be a good enough "hearer"…Glad to have ya back Wayne,you always stimulate my thinking bro…Dom

  3. maryann August 15, 2005 at 4:56 am

    If I make God in MY image then he is a safe little god that is interested in my comforts and my little world of "me" and "mine"…If I realize that the TRUTH is: I am made in HIS IMAGE then all of a sudden I realize that I am just a small part of a great big world.

    Yes, He is still interested in the "me" and "mine"….but all of a sudden, its there that becomes full of adventure and risk, trial and error and some success, learning and growing. Not quite as "safe" (predictable) as before but "safe" from eternal harm nonetheless.

    hope that made sense, coffee has not kicked in.

  4. maryann August 15, 2005 at 7:56 am

    If I make God in MY image then he is a safe little god that is interested in my comforts and my little world of "me" and "mine"…If I realize that the TRUTH is: I am made in HIS IMAGE then all of a sudden I realize that I am just a small part of a great big world.

    Yes, He is still interested in the "me" and "mine"….but all of a sudden, its there that becomes full of adventure and risk, trial and error and some success, learning and growing. Not quite as "safe" (predictable) as before but "safe" from eternal harm nonetheless.

    hope that made sense, coffee has not kicked in.

  5. marion August 21, 2005 at 2:28 am

    I’m so tired of people reading, but not really seeing the words…as if they are blind to some of the words we write (like Timothy)

    How much longer will people not ‘get it,’ and judge us? 🙁

  6. marion August 21, 2005 at 2:30 am

    sorry, my last comment was not about ‘Atheist Unawares’ (don’t know how that happened)…but ‘Why I Don’t Go To Church- Revisited.’

  7. marion August 21, 2005 at 5:28 am

    I’m so tired of people reading, but not really seeing the words…as if they are blind to some of the words we write (like Timothy)

    How much longer will people not ‘get it,’ and judge us? 🙁

  8. marion August 21, 2005 at 5:30 am

    sorry, my last comment was not about ‘Atheist Unawares’ (don’t know how that happened)…but ‘Why I Don’t Go To Church- Revisited.’

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