I was driving down the road a few days ago with my wife and I noticed a bright red bumper sticker on the back of a hybrid which said, “God is too big to fit into one religion!” We ended up pulling into the same parking lot and to my dismay parked close together. I really wanted to ask this person about their bumper sticker, and I wanted to kind of probe their thoughts on such an interesting statement. I ended up not doing so for the sake of saying something I might regret later, as I’ve been known to speak my mind rather straightforwardly and frankly in these sorts of conversations, and rather truthfully, she kind of scared me.
This did get me thinking though. What would she have said if I had asked her what her bumper sticker meant? Well, I’m pretty sure I know what she would have said, as the meaning of the bumper sticker is quite clear, but if truth is relative could the meaning of a bumper sticker also be relative?
“Is there meaning in this bumper sticker?”
The statement, “God is too big to fit into one religion” is probably the main presupposition of our generation. Why is this so? Believing in ‘something’/'anything’ is quite the fad these days. Atheism is so last generation. Modernism is out the door and the search for “how do we know?” is in. Everybody believes in ‘god’ these days, but when you throw in any form of exclusivity then the door gets shut and you are seen as judgmental and brainwashed. Believe me, I’ve been described as all these things and more. I was actually told the other day by a man twice my age that, “I’m a good kid, but I just need a little direction in my life.” Not because I was smoking the cheeba or breaking down doors (B & E’s) but because I believed in absolute truth… truth found in the Bible alone! Crazy!
Here’s the deal. The statement “God is too big to fit into one religion” actually makes God rather small. When you make this claim you are making God into what you want him (or her or it) to be. God is not the big one. You are the big one. God has now become very small. Smaller than each of us. God has now become small enough that we fit him into our own desires and beliefs. In reality, if 10 people make this claim then there are 10 different gods out there all smaller than the person who made this claim. Each god is different and each god is made in our image, rather vice-versa.
When we make this claim, we are making the god we want to exist, well… exist, so that we are able to justify how we want to live our lives. A murderer can form a god of murder and justify his actions. A rapist can form a god of rape and immediate satisfaction and fulfillment to justify his actions. It’s actually that simple.
Everybody wants to believe in ‘God,’ but nobody wants a God that demands anything from them. Nobody wants to be held accountable for their actions.
The God of the Bible is seen in Scripture as Creator, Ruler, Judge, and Savior. His name is Jesus.
He is the Creator of the entire world; He Rules over all of creation, all peoples, all cultures, and all religions; he will one day Judge everybody who has ever lived, NOT on if they have been good or bad (he is not Santa Clause) but whether they have repented of sin and have believed in him as Savior and King; and he is the Savior of the world – he is a God who saves.
Jesus is a big God. He is not a little God that lives on a bumper sticker or a little God that is created in our image to justify our actions and the way we want to live.
He is a God that demands obedience from his people – his church. He is God of gods and Lord of lords. He is not small.
Only small gods live on bumper stickers. It should have read: God is Small and We are Big – That is Why ‘My’ God Exists.