On Monday, I began asking about the ways in which our beliefs about God have a trickle down effect on our words, actions, and behaviors. Yesterday, I was delighted to share a happy little story on the subject. Today, I want to ask a question in the other direction.
If it is indeed true that we come to resemble what we worship (Ps 115), and if, as Christians, we are called to represent our Creator (I believe we are), then what do our actions and words show others about our God? Make it more personal, if you are created in the very image of God, what might someone conclude about your God by watching you?
Just this morning I was watching a brief talk from NT Wright on Christian apologetics (see below), in which he suggests that the best argument one can make for the validity of Christianity, of the death and resurrection of a Messiah named Jesus, is to live life in a completely new way, unheard of in the rest of the world. The Right Reverend Doctor tells an interesting tale of the very earliest Christians living in such a way that no one else in the Roman world would dream, or ever thought possible. They were compelling in their love for worst off and simply the worst of people. This was the best proof that indeed something had changed in the world. An event had taken place that had made a true life of love possible. The earliest Christians (and so many others throughout the centuries) represented a different sort of God.
So when your coworkers observe you, what do they conclude about your God? Would they say your God is joyful or furious? Confident or ashamed? Compassionate or distant?