Sunday, 18 March 2012

A faithful creator

This morning at Grace our senior minister spoke on suffering as a Christian from 1 Peter 4. Ray mentioned four areas where a Christian's convictions and behaviour may clash with the surrounding culture.

  1. Belief in God a creator-there is much cynicism  about this
  2. Belief in God who will judge us all at the end of time
  3. Belief in the complementary nature of the sexes (there is a distinction in roles within marriage and the church despite both men and women are being equally valued by God. I accept that this point is difficult to explain adequately in a few moments and needs nuancin. The best place to read about this is Tim and Kathy Keller's new book, The meaning of marriage).
  4. Ideas about gender and sexuality. Same sex relationships
At the close of the passage are these words from Peter,
So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good 1 Peter 4.19
I've often thought about these words. Why describe God as a 'faithful' creator? The two words do not seem to naturally belong together.  Could it be that as I survey my life as a Christian, with all its challenges and inexplicable life experiences,  I can trust that the God who created the universe from nothing and disorder, is just as able to make something out of the disorder of my life? In other words as creator, God is creative, and I can put my trust in his faithfulness.

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