Steve at Theological Musings has compiled an excellent list of ways we misrepresent God at different points in our life or through our whole life.  I found myself at different stages of life in some of this list.  Here is only a small sample of the list.  Please check his site for the full list.

  • If you think that sickness, financial problems, hurricanes, broken bones, auto accidents, and terrorist attacks are all tools of God “to teach you something”, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you believe that Christianity is best represented by a set of propositional statements and/or a systematic theology, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If your message does not lead to freedom, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you think that America is “God’s chosen country” and that everything America’s foreign policy represents is ordained by God, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you think that the Republican party is “God’s party, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you think that religion and Christianity are compatible, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you think that you can only “cooperate” in ministry and missions with people who have been baptized by a pastor in your same denomination, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you think that true Christianity is only represented by a particular denomination or systematic theology, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you think that the only legitimate way to articulate one’s belief in God is found in a 4th-century statement, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you think that our main responsibility in relationship to God is to study the Bible, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you think that a relationship with God means that you will accept or reject certain styles of music, certain hairstyles, certain beverages, or hanging out with certain people, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you think that Jesus turned water into mere grape juice, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you believe that a particular translation of the bible is the only inspired version, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you believe that one’s beliefs about baptism, bible translation, rapture timing, tongues, or a particular interpretation of Genesis 1-2 are absolute essentials to salvation and/or fellowship, you might be misrepresenting God.

Thanks Steve for some great Jeff Foxworthy style points!

Hattip Imago Dei

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