Recently, I heard a quote from a Pastor stating, “God’s not weird, we’re
weird.” The point was to assert that when weird things occur amongst people,
specifically Christians, it typically does not involve God. Also implied is the
notion that as long as what is being called God does not offend our sensibilities,
then we will allow and accept it as possibly being from Him. Such a point of view
makes me wonder how they would respond watching Jesus cast devils into a herd
of swine, or seeing a decaying corpse walk out of a tomb.
There are those who act weird, call it God, and He is nowhere near it- that
much is true. But which is stranger, an insecure person flopping on the floor for
attention, or one who calls himself a “normal” Christian who secretly hates his
spouse, while insatiable lust fills his heart? With that said, measuring how strange
something is to our sensibilities is a terrible way to discern what is, or is not, God.
Because it seems weird does not mean it’s not from God. Because it seems weird
doesn’t mean it is from God.
Saying, “God’s not weird, we are” is actually spot on if we consider it from
another perspective. What God does, the way He manifests Himself, can certainly
seem strange to people. In those occasions, God’s not the weird one. In fact, He is
the standard of normalcy. Within the scope of His mind and nature, there is
absolutely nothing abnormal about donkeys talking, the sun standing still, walking
on water, tongues of fire upon His people, or any other of the myriads of examples
revealed in scripture.
He is always the normal one and what He does only seems strange to a mind
separated from Divine order. A stranger in the realm of His Kingdom will never
understand the manner of His governance. A carnal mind will always be at war
with anything born of God. To compensate, people will instead create a religious
order meant to tame God, fashioning Him into the image of a purely natural man.
In so doing, the carnal mind can then comprehend the idol it has formed.
We have the marvelous invitation to know God, to participate in His
presence, partake of His nature. Doing so will change us. In many respects, it will
make us unlike most people and strange to the world around us. Doing so will also
bring us into conformity with the ultimate standard of normalcy.