Richard Rohr sometimes comments about the weakness of God. According to the Bible the omnipotent God has made himself vulnerable to the foolishness of humanity.
According to the ancient story God was not satisfied with a garden filled with trees and bushes bearing fruit and berries to sustain life. Then God added a tree that would allow humans to know good and evil. The original pair yielded to the temptation. Then God entrusted the care of his good earth to the impaired pair and their impaired escendants. How foolish!
Would it not have been wiser for God to assert power and allow the natural ecosystems of the world to replicate life without the intrusion of humanity? Rhoda and I once had a Mennonite Your Way guest who was a biology teacher who majored on ecosystems in trees. He told us that each tree has ita own unique ecosystem.
It wonders me that the God of the Bible allows the church to divide even though such divisions blunt the gospel and make it more difficult for anyone to believe in the Jesus way. The mission of Jesus on earth was to be a living and dying demonstration of the vulnerability of God. Converting the world to Jesus-like behavior is the major mission of the church.
In an earlier post I wrote that life Fades Brilliantly and introduced Royal Bauer whom we had honored for teaching the Evergreen Sunday school class for forty-eight years . Since that post Joyce and I read an autobiography by Royal’s wife Evelyn.
The vulnerable couple heard the call of God and prepared to be missionaries in India. In India they adjusted to other missionaries, learned a new language and culture, and became parents of a baby boy. At the end of the third year, just when they were ready to be effective missionaries, Evelyn suffered polio, and they needed to return to their home in America.
The autobiography roused questions for us to ask Royal. He is our neighbor and we could easily visit him. From him we learned that Evelyn lived to age seventy and could cook on a stove lowered to a height suited to work from a wheel chair, use an electric typewriter with the aid of a sling for her arm and to use her artistic skill to paint from her wheelchair. Royal rose to the challenge of his own vulnerability by teaching Bible and English at Bethany Christian Schools.
Grace is chosen way
of the God of the Bible
to save human kind