about Himself resulted
in what we call us
Last night my wife and I watched the protests in Downtown Atlanta of another police shooting of a black man.
Protesters had managed to line up across a stretch of one of the busiest freeway in United States.
A Wendy’s Restaurant where the shooting took place went up in flames.
Rather than turning up the volume on the protest, my friend and reporter for 11Alive Doug Richards, who was on the scene, said that the fire more of less was freaking out the protesters and they ran for cover.
Talking with my wife as the next day, she asked me, why did God create these differences?
These differences in skin color and size and language.
“Was it to test us?”, she asked.
I was quick to say yes.
God wanted to see how we might handle these differences.
God wanted to see if we would react with fear or confidence.
My wife pointed out that the problems went back, all the way back.
Before the Tower of Babel.
What differences where there, on the surface, between Caine and Able.
Yet Caine hated Abel.
So God knew how we would handle the differences if skin color and language and how to serve food and sing songs.
Not well and God knew it.
In my reading today, my interest was sparked by the comment about another author, that he wanted to live long enough (this was an old comment) so that Thomas Mann could finish the last book of Joseph and His Brothers.
I don’t know anything about this book except that it has been selected as my summer time read.
I did find this one quote though that intrigued.
“Man, then was a result of God’s curiosity about Himself”, wrote Mr. Mann.
Maybe that is the reason for all the differences.
God creates man.
God creates forgiveness.
God creates salvation.
Maybe God was curious if these new creations had limits.
Maybe God saw the easiest way to test these new creations was to add to man easy avenues to differences.
Would man react with fear or confidence.
And would the new creations be sufficient for these reaction’s.
I am not dumb enough to say this is the answer.
I am willing to consider it.
And I am willing to put forward a possible response by God.
I am reminded of an anecdote told by the veteran actor of film and stage, Rex Harrison.
Mr. Harrison was on Johnny Carson or maybe an the old Dick Cavett show, but he told a story of how he was in London, rehearsing a play by George Bernard Shaw.
Sorry to say I cannot recall or Mr. Harrison did not name the play.
ANYWAY, Mr. Harrison and the other cast members were having problems with one scene.
The could not, they felt, get it right.
What was the Mr. Shaw after the cast wondered?
No one could agree on anything except that whatever they were trying to do just did not work on stage.
Then, wonder of wonder, George Bernard Shaw himself came by to watch the rehearsal.
Mr. Harrison and the cast called to him and brought him up on stage.
WHAT DID YOU MEAN and WHERE WERE YOU GOING in this scene, they asked.
Mr. Shaw took a copy of the script and sat down to read.
He read through a few pages.
He turned the script back and read through a few pages.
He turned the script back again and read through a few pages.
Mr. Shaw looked up at the cast, cleared his throat and said, “This really is bad isn’t it?”
I like to think God knew what he was doing from square one.
I like to think that for God, there are no surprises.
I would not, anyway, be surprised if God was curious, as if in a lab experiment, about his latest creation.
I would not be surprised if God decided to give to curiosity and create man.
I for one, have no problem, letting God be God and do what he wants.
And I would not be surprised if God admitted that the results, how we handled or behaved or lived with, his new creation, seems to be turning out really bad, isn’t it?