The Gospel of Clichés
In the next few weeks I want to look at a number of clichés that some Christians use to explain their view of God and the world.
Cliché #1 God is in control.
This is a typical response by many Christians to any event in the world that seems tragic or incomprehensible. It is meant to convey that while world events, tragedies, sicknesses and death may be mysterious to us, we can take comfort because God has everything under control.
This is a fundamental misunderstanding that leads to fatalism, passivity and a wrong view of God. I would suggest that God has everything under control in heaven/new heaven, new earth, because everyone and everything will be fully submitted to Him. On this earth, however, we see corruption, death, tragedy and darkness. God is not controlling these things.
Why do we glibly declare that God is in control, but He doesn’t even control us who claim to be filled with His Spirit? Does God make you obey the law, pay your taxes, drive the speed limit and deny the flesh? And yet we are to believe that God has “everything else” under control?
God gave the earth to man (Gen. 1:26-28, Ps. 115:16, Ps. 8:4-6). This truth is the foundation of understanding the nature of God, the nature of man and the purpose of redemption. Man was created in God’s image and created to have dominion over God’s creation. Sin separated man from God’s life and purpose and left the earth under the dominion of Satan (2 Cor. 4:4, 1 Jn. 5:19).
To suggest that God controls all things places full responsibility for sickness, death, tragedies, wars, natural disasters, child abuse and every other evil in His lap. It makes God the perpetrator of human suffering.
When we get the revelation that God gave dominion to man, we can begin to cooperate with His purposes in the earth. We are called to reign in life! (Rom. 5:17) We are called to still the storms, heal the sick, cast out demons and extend the Kingdom (Jn. 14:12). We aren’t called to sit back and respond with clichés to the suffering around us or in our own lives. It is time to submit to the true knowledge of God, resist Satan, sin and corruption and reign in life! (James 4:7)