We’ve turned God’s mercy into niceness. We’ve turned God’s wrath into tyranny. We’ve made God in our image. You see the Biblical God is dangerous, but He’s good. He shakes me from my complacency. He’s more than a god who helps me win my golf game or helps me get a great parking place at the mall. God cannot be reduced to that! He is about making you whole and holy, confronting your sin, knocking you down, standing you back up again, calling your name, and winning your heart so that you will align with His broad purposes for our world. “Course He isn’t safe.” said one of C.S. Lewis’s characters in Narnia.
But it’s the only God that would be worth dying for. God doesn’t tap the window pain with his cane and says to those who flaunt His Tender Boundaries: “Go away. Shoo! You’re getting close to the edge” and sometimes they back away from the edge and sometimes they don’t.
That kind of a god is of little help in a world that is cruel and evil and where bad things happen to those who don’t deserve it – where wives are stolen, people we love are murdered, our most prized possessions destroyed, our true God is belittled, our loved ones die in accidents, and families are falling apart. I need Somebody who can do more than just “Shoo” away his enemies and principalities and powers of darkness, and merely have them come back once His attention is turned in another direction. I need Someone who has the power to ultimately and finally deal with evil. “Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the king I tell you.” The beavers in Narnia have it right.