March 14, 2020

The Simplicity of God

Believe it or not, God is simple. When theologians say this, simple is like unto pure. So when we read in the Bible that God is love, it means that God is love unalloyed with anything else. Or to say that God is just, that means there isn't even the slightest possibility of injustice being mixed in with that justice. Or that God is good—no speck of evil mars God's goodness. God is without parts, and any complication we find in God is something we've introduced to the relationship.

Humans, of course, are never simple. Any emotion we feel, any characteristic that describes us, is mixed with something else. Our hearts are divided and we are always double-minded. But even in our complicated state, our intention or goal can still be the simplicity of God. That seems to me to be the point of the prayer prayed in the first verse of the Ninth Psalm:
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
As long as my mortal life continues, evil and injustice will always lurk within me, and at times even come to the fore. And yet I can single-mindedly and wholeheartedly proclaim to the world what I know about God's pure love, and thus partake of the simplicity of God.

My praise is most acceptable to you, O God, and so it is the greatest blessing I can attain to. Help me so to live in that spirit of praise that my life can be lived according to your will and that my thanks will themselves be a witness to your pure love and unalloyed goodness. In the Name of Jesus Christ, who taught me to pray: Our Father...

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An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, I've served congregations in the Colombia, Puerto Rico, Europe & the US. I received a B.A. in German from the University of Louisville and learned Spanish in Bogotá. My Master of Divinity degree is from Drew University in New Jersey. I will begin my tenure as settled pastor of Pilgrim Christian Church—with dual affiliation in the UCC and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)—in late March 2019. This is my personal blog, and the opinions found herein are my own and may not reflect the views of the church I am serving.

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