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Cultivating Submission: Why God Wants You to Hate His Moral Code

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God has a moral code.  Because He is the Supreme Authority, He demands that we align with His moral code.  We don’t like His moral code, thus a conflict is created.

So why don’t we like God’s moral code?  Because He has intentionally designed us not to like it.  Now maybe you’re thinking, “Hey, I don’t have a problem with God’s moral code.”  This is called denial.  You actually have an enormous problem with God’s moral code, because what God basically says is that who you naturally are is bad.  Not just a little bad—really bad.  There’s no human on the planet who isn’t bothered by this kind of judgment.  We’re so bothered by it, that we try not to face it by being very selective about which parts of God’s moral code we will recognize.  For example, we say, “God says that murder is bad.  I agree, and I don’t murder, so there’s no conflict between God and I.”  Ah, but God’s moral code is far more extensive than this.  The reality is that every human has a long list of innate qualities, desires, and characteristics which God says are bad.  So what does this mean?  It means we’ve got a God who sounds like He is rejecting us for things that we can’t help.  Well, who wants a God like that?  Here’s where the mass stampede away from God begins as many souls say, “Why should I submit to a jerk like that?  If God is so impossible to please, who needs Him?” 

Who needs God?  You do.  You need Him desperately, in fact, and you are totally dependent on Him for all things.  This is how God locks you into a maddening bind: you depend on Him, yet you hate Him because He’s condemning you for who you naturally are.  You can’t really separate yourself from Him, and yet the negative judgments He’s making about you cause you to be both afraid and angry.  And by the way, it was God who created you to have all of the qualities that He is now condemning.  In other words, He intentionally set you up to fail.  And this is the God who claims to be good in Character?  You’re not buying it.

Whenever we discuss God’s moral code on a subject like sexual orientation, invariably there is a crop of gays who react with intense anger.  They don’t actually read everything we say—all they hear is that God says homosexuality is wrong.  Why does this freak them out so much?  Because they’re gay and they can’t help it.  They’re feeling condemned by their Creator for something that is wired in, and naturally that results in intense feelings of helplessness and fear.

Well, if the straights were paying more attention, they would be feeling the same panic that gays do, because homosexuality is just one of many internal qualities that God says are wrong.  God says being prideful is wrong.  You’re prideful.  God says lust is wrong.  You lust.  God says envying is wrong.  You envy.  God says that being sinful is wrong.  You’re sinful.

See, gays aren’t worse than anyone else.  Neither are pedophiles or murderers or addicts or liars or lusters.  Whenever you find yourself flipping out over someone talking about God’s moral code, stop and think about why you’re so upset.  You’ll find that often the real problem is that you feel hopeless about ever pleasing God because whatever issue is being discussed is something that you can’t change. God says looking at porn is wrong.  If you’re a porn addict, this feels like a hopeless message, because you can’t just kick your habit.  You’re addicted.  Addictions feel impossible to beat—that’s why they’re called addictions.  Or maybe you crave sex with kids.  You can’t help this—it’s wired in.  But God says pedophilia is wrong.  Well, rats, where does that leave you?  Well, look around you: we’re all in the same mess. None of us are better than you—some of us are just pretending that we are because we’re ignoring most of God’s moral code.  But if we were all to sit down and take an honest look at all of the things God says are wrong, then we’d all be forced to conclude that it is absolutely impossible for us to be sinless. And if we can’t be sinless, and God says He hates sin, then where is the hope?

Here’s where we get to the good news: God says that while He hates sin, He loves sinners.  He says that being sinless is not a requirement for pleasing Him.  But He does require submission from us, and that means that we need to align with His standards.

Tom is gay.  Tom can’t help being gay.  It’s wired in.  Does God hate Tom?  No.  God loves Tom because God loves humans.  But God says He does hate homosexuality. What God wants from Tom is for Tom to submit to God’s moral code.  That means that Tom says, “My Creator loves me, but He says that my homosexual desires are morally wrong.”  The other option is for Tom to rebel by saying, “The fact that I can’t help being gay means that God should be alright with it.  So I’m going to say that being gay is great.  I’m going to boast of my gayness, take pride in it, and demand that everyone else approve of it as well.”

Pick any sin, and we will have the same two options that Tom has.  For example: grudge holding.  Mary is a born grudge holder.  She doesn’t try to remember the ways other have wronged her, but the memories cling to her and she just can’t find any desire to forgive.  God says hating people is wrong. God commands us to promptly forgive, just as He commands us to only have heterosexual desires.  Well, God can command all day, but that doesn’t mean Mary will magically locate the ability to forgive.  That ability comes from God, and He is intentionally blocking Mary from being able to forgive, just as He is intentionally blocking Tom from being turned on by women instead of men.  So what should Mary say?  Should she say, “God says hating is wrong, and I hate many people, so God hates me”?  No, this is the wrong conclusion.  God loves Mary because God loves humans.  But God hates the merciless attitude that Mary is expressing towards her fellow humans.  What God wants is for Mary to submit to His moral code by saying, “My Creator loves me, but He says that I am wrong to hold grudges towards others.”  The other option is for Mary to rebel by saying, “The people I hate deserve to be hated.  I don’t care what God says—I am proud of my grudges.  I will flaunt them, brag about them, and insist that everyone else agree with them.”

When we rebel, we demand that God submit to us by changing His standards, methods, or judgments to match ours.  God says that He will never submit to us.  Instead, He demands that we submit to Him.  So who’s going to win this war of wills?  The one who has the most power, of course, and that means God.

First God creates us to be what He says is wrong.  That makes us mad. But then He makes it so we’re totally dependent on Him to sustain our existence, thus we can’t ever get away from Him.  That makes us more mad.  Then God is infinitely stronger than we are, and He says that if we don’t submit to Him, He’ll chuck us into Hell and torture us forever.  That makes us furious—but it also scares us.  Being scared of God’s immense power is called reverence, and reverence is a good thing.  It is our fear of God that finally motivates us to submit to Him even when we hate what He’s saying.

All humans should intensely hate aspects of God’s moral code.  The only reason many don’t is that they’re refusing to face it.  Many aspects about God bother us so intensely that many of us are trying to pretend He isn’t real.  Where will ignoring God take us?  To Hell, of course.  God won’t be ignored.  He insists that we deal with Him—either now, or later.  If we put Him off until later, that later is going to be a horrific experience.  If we deal with Him now, we have a chance of ending up in a fabulous place where we will have a very wonderful quality of life.  It all comes down to the issue of submission.

Salvation is acquired through submission to the real Gods: Yahweh, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  Submission has nothing to do with having pure thoughts, righteous desires, and perfect actions.  Submission is a soul attitude, not a sexual orientation or an external behavior.  There is no salvation without submission, yet submission won’t even come up until there is a clash of wills.  This is why your Creators have intentionally forced you into a position where you will find Their moral code so aggravating.  We humans find it extremely unfair to be condemned for something we can’t help.  But who taught us to think this way?  Our Gods did.  And once our Gods taught us to hate being blamed for what we can’t help, that’s exactly what They do to us.  The whole point is to set up a major clash of wills.

Your Creators don’t want you to feel mildly annoyed by Their moral code—They want you to feel outraged and deeply disturbed.  This is why They created you with a sinful nature which you have no hope of fixing.  It is impossible for humans not to sin, and every time God convicts us that something we did was wrong, we are forced to choose between submission and rebellion.  We either say, “I agree with what You say—I was wrong to do that,” or we say, “I don’t care what You think—You’re not the boss of me.”

It is because being sinful creates continuous opportunities for us to practice submission that being sinful is such a critical part of us developing the correct dynamic with our Creators.  We cannot relate to our Gods as our Peers or Friends or Assistants.  They will only accept us if we submit to Them as the Supreme Authorities over us, and we will not have any opportunity to do that until there is a major clash of wills.  Once we understand that this whole battle with sin is designed to help us succeed with our Creators, and not just drive us into despair, we learn to stop being so threatened by discussions of God’s moral code.  Yes, there is plenty about who you are and what you do that God says is wrong.  But He also says that He loves you in spite of all of the wrong things that you do and crave.  He also says that if you will submit to His moral code and stop trying to ignore it or reverse it, you can end up in a very positive place with Him because He does not demand perfection from you.  He wants your soul submitting to Him as the Supreme Authority in your life, and putting you through the paces of accepting or rejecting His moral code is just one of many ways that He gives you an opportunity to express that submission.  So you see, it’s never been about who’s gay and who isn’t, and it’s not about comparing sins to see who is extra bad.  For us humans, the question has always been how we are going to respond to our Makers.  Some of us will submit, most of us will just rage on and on until we end up in Hell.  If you’re wise, you’ll ask God to help you submit to His Authority, because no matter how much you hate what He says, He’s never going to stop being God.

FURTHER READING:
The Great Gift of Sin: Why Our Depravity Gives Us Hope
The Purpose of Dysfunction: Understanding Why God Messed You Up
The Inner Room: Understanding How God Judges You
The Benefits of Reverence: Keeping Us Close to a Loving God
Understanding Divine Judgment: Illumination, Empowerment & A God Who Delights In Mercy
Dealing with Sinners
Understanding the Love of God: The Five Versions of You
The Process & Purpose of Being Dominated by God

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