This may sound like a dumb title for a blog. I wanted to share some of the things I have been thinking about. First consider this statement, “God is a holy God that has chosen to love us.” I have gotten some push back on this statement. One individual believes God to be a God who loves therefore God is a loving God. I wonder am I landscape person simply because I mow my grass? Am I a mechanic because I know how to change the oil in my truck?
I propose the following logical sequence. God is holy. Whether we start with Genesis or whether we jump to 1 Peter there are several statements in the Bible equating God to holiness. Seldom do people think of Isaiah when the subject of God’s holiness comes up. The angels in the beginning of Isaiah refers to God as holy by using the word holy three times in succession. A little known fact, twenty-six times Isaiah uses the term, “The Holy One of Israel” to refer to God.
Second point, “Did anyone force God to love us?” God is sovereign and he determines who he blesses and who he humbles. The ending conversation between God and Job speaks to the sovereignty of God. We can logically comes to the conclusion God does what he wants when he wants. Therefore God chose to love us on his own. Therefore we can make the statement as a conclusion of our logical sequence, “God is a holy God that has chosen to love us.”
The next area I have been thinking on is, “God never intended his attribute of love to over shadow his attribute of holiness.” Today in the churches of America, there is this idea if twenty-first century Christianity wants to bring in the people we must talk only about God’s love; therefore, leaving the door open to discourse with the sinners of the twenty-first century. Yet history shows us since the church has latched onto this belief the churches of America have been in decline. There needs to be a return to the preaching of God’s holiness in light of God’s love for us. Yes, God loves humankind with a love that is beyond the ability of man to fathom the depth of that love. But it is wrong to elevate love to such a point that the pastors of America’s churches are some how afraid to preach about God’s holiness. I propose it is out of God’s holiness that love finds it origin.