You ever wonder how the God who wipes out entire nations in the Old Testament, stoops to welcome a sinners in the New Testament? I have.
To be specific: Lot's wife is turned to a pillar of salt for turning and looking over her shoulder. The earth is flooded and wiped out because of evil. God's warriors are told to kill every living thing in a village--including women and children--as they conquer it. And then there is the eternal punishment in Hell for those who refuse God's grace. These are just a few examples of what we are told is the JUSTICE side of God.
The LOVE side? When we are permitted a front row seat to God's presence, we see a different sort of picture. He bends down and forgives an adulteress lying condemned in the street. God loves the one filled with demons who lives in the cemetery. He invites cheating, conniving tax-collectors to be on his team. He forgives soldiers who are killing him in the most agonizing of ways. He tells a criminal he'd see him in Paradise that day.
Have you ever struggled with the juxtaposition of these two portraits of the Almighty? I have. And so, instead of a cliche answer to this question, I'd like to ask if anyone is interested in commenting on/discussing this quandary?
I think it is cogent to the theme of Breakers. How would God deal with Kenna? Why? How would he have Cam involved? Would God have Cam involved? Why? Why not?
In the world where you live, how would God interface? A flood? Salt people? Genocide? Invitations to represent him? Get down in the dirt?
No matter how you answer, where does your picture of God leave the other picture of God? How do we deal with that? How do we explain it to the one in a hotel room, suicidal and grabbing the nearest Gideon Bible, then reading about the flood--or Lot's wife...?
Hmmm. Felt like asking you to think today.
Grace and peace to you.