When we get over expectations that God will fix it for us because God is on our side, then we can begin to take responsibility for the course of world events.
Psalm 118:6-7. 25-26 6 The Lord is for me — I won’t be afraid. What can anyone do to me? 7 The Lord is for me—as my helper. I look in victory on those who hate me. … 25 Lord, please save us! Lord, please let us succeed. 26 The one who enters in the Lord’s name is blessed; we bless all of you from the Lord’s house. (CEB)
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]
Vanquishing one’s enemies and then gloating seems a normative human activity. The history of war is a convoluted story of nations preparing by trying to get into bed with God. Surely if God is on our side, we will win. After all, the enemy is always objectified as evil and atheistic. Of course, another part of the preparing for and waging war is hatred of the enemy.
War / violence is a ‘male’ phenomenon. It is part of the masculine ethos. Women who carry a pregnancy nine months before giving birth know all too well how precious life is. Men, on the other hand, know that there is always more semen to spread around to replace those killed in war.
Not a surprise that most of our God concepts, doctrines, and dogmas are strongly laced with a masculine (even ‘macho’) spirit — e.g., ‘strong’ God who intervenes to ‘fix’ things for us, whose being is married to judgment, who is external and distant (coming close only on His terms), whose primary agent (Jesus) is also male.
But the true gateway into God is justice — not getting my way, but giving everyone a ‘fair shake’ (especially the marginalized,skipped over, and left out). It is such justice that builds salvation — no, not a reservation for a place in an other-worldly heaven; instead, a connection with those who have been rejected by the movers and shakers, the quest for the well-being of all in society. This is the marvelous thing that God is doing right before our eyes. We applaud this God-project and want to see Jesus return and bring it about.
Wake up, people of God! Yeshua has delegated that task to all of us. If we don’t act, Yeshua is silent and immobile. If we don’t respond, God is mute and at a stand-still. There was a transfer of power from God to Jesus, rendering God incapable of intervening; and a transfer of power from Yeshua to humankind, ceding responsibility to us. To say “The one who enters in the Lord’s name is blessed” is to encourage one another to be accountable for the course of events in our world. May steadfast love endure forever!