God’s ego?

Brad [Pitt] told Parade magazine: “I didn’t understand this idea of a God who says, ‘You have to acknowledge me. You have to say that I’m the best, and then I’ll give you eternal happiness. If you won’t, then you don’t get it!’… It seemed to be about ego. I can’t see God operating from ego, so it made no sense to me…  When I got untethered from the comfort of religion, it wasn’t a loss of faith for me, it was a discovery of self.”

The above quote was taken from a link on hotmail yesterday morning.  I found it interesting, and saddening, especially in light of some recent reading of my own.  Piper/Edwards address this issue so well in God’s Passion for His Glory:

“God is the one being in the universe for whom self-exaltation is the highest virtue and the most loving act, because in exalting Himself He displays the one Reality in the universe that can satisfy our souls and He shares the very passion for that Reality that satisfies him.  The object of our happiness is God, and our happiness is God’s happiness.  No greater happiness can be conceived.” pg 158.

I think, in some ways, Pitt got it partially right.  God DOES require our worship, and praise, exaltation and glorying in Him.  What he has missed though, is the supreme worthiness of God to receive and demand our praise.  God calls us to delight in the only One in the universe worthy of true praise.  God is the best.  And it is not when we tell Him this that we find eternal happiness – we find eternal happiness IN realising He is the best. 

In an oddly linked thought – I was watching Nanny 911 yesterday, and the mom on the show was clearly sabotaging  the Nanny’s efforts when she realised they were working.  Ah!  We do not want something better.  In our pride, and rebellion, we want to declare that we know best.  We want to say with this mom, and with Pitt, that our way is working!  We want to let others know that we are on the right path – you can straighten out the problems, but not me…  The delights we rob ourselves of (for no one takes them from us!) when we follow our own paths in foolishness and willful ignorance. 

Romans chapter one addresses this well: 

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. …. For although they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exhanged the glory of the immortal God for images…”   Romans 1:18-23

Taste and see that the Lord is good!  Delight yourself in the Lord!  Call on Him while it is still called today!  Let us not harden our hearts to the supreme worth of our Lord and Saviour, but let us, with the heavenly hosts, cry out to Him who is forever seated on the throne: 

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”  Revelation 4:11

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