“Don’t make me come down there”

Plastered across the side of a white 53 footer the phrase immeadiately struck me as out of place.

Now this was not because the truck was being used as a low cost form of advertising or because the contrast between bright white backgrounds and bold black text is often overlooked for flashy, shocking, and electronic frills made available to us by technology.   

 No. 

It caught me off guard because the phrase used to create cheesy moments in mid-week sitcoms or to strike fear into the hearts of tiny children by their frustrated parents was being attributed to God here.

And while some people might laugh or others take it as a grim reminder of the inevitable end times, it struck me as another thing that we often seem to get wrong about Christianity.

Now I don’t know if it was a Christian organization that paid for that truck and those words to sit on the side of the freeway but the message shows me something that people readily seem to believe: a message that God is a frustrated parent just waiting for the day when the kids finally get into too big of screaming match. When they finally get too loud and aggressive that he looses his head and begrudgingly stomps down the stairs to grab them by their ears and dish out the punishment they deserve. When he comes to his wits end and  explodes, uncontrolled with annoyance and without love upon the troublemakers he brought to life. The phrase angry mothers use, “I brought you into this world and I can take you out of it” seems to sum up this version of God in my opinion.

I do not know everything about God. In fact, I would probably say I know nothing in comparison to what someone could know. I believe however, that God is not a creator who has the fickle human patience we readily and mistakenly attribute to him. I think if he did, we’d already be dead and the earth would either be without humanity or be completely destroyed by now. 

Every day we stand in awe of our own atrocities. The horrific stories we hear of how humans have taken advantage of others who share our same genetic make up and unparalleled brain functions. A far cry from the evolutionary advanced species we often claim we are, these stories remind us of the human capability to willingly choose evil and selfishness over good.

I have always been told however that God is love and I see evidence in the fact that God has already come down here. He came, not in frustration or anger but in peace, understanding, and relentless love.  There is nothing to be afraid of except our own inaction, our own refusal to change the world while we passive-aggressively insist that God will march down soon enough and take care of it. 

He has come. 

He has given us the answers and the tools.

All we have to do is step up and love. 

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