Thursday, 12 March 2015

Suppose

Earlier this week I was asked a question that caught me offguard. My friend said something like, "So if all this God and Christian stuff you talk about is true. I don't see what would be in it for me. What is there to excite me? Why is it worth it?" Well I was lost for words, even though I do find it incredibly exciting and do not doubt that choosing to follow Jesus was the single most worthwhile decision I've ever made. That question has been going round in my head a few days, I felt challenged to be able to answer coherently and comprehensively, as in 1 Peter 4:6, to 'be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks [me] to give the reason for the hope that [I] have.' As I've been forming the answer in my mind, it's kind of naturally taken the form of a poem. This is not something I've tried before (well, except school). So here's me, poetically trying to answer, 'If the God Christians believe in really exists, is he worth following?'


Suppose

Suppose.
Suppose there is a God.
Suppose he's powerful, seriously powerful.
The kind of power that speaks light out of darkness,
Power to separate the earth from the sky
Power that supplies our every breath.

Suppose.
Suppose there is a God.
Suppose he's good, completely good.
So that the slightest hint of rebellion would crumble in his presence.
And even our very best deeds would look grimy beside him.
Nothing good can exist without him
Nothing evil has ever come from him.

Suppose.
Suppose there is a God.
Suppose he's loving, overwhelmingly loving.
For all of time, a father pouring blessing on his son,
That son devotedly honouring his father,
A spirit enabling and communicating this vast love
And the heart of all three desperate to share it.

Suppose, 
Suppose there is a God,
Suppose he's wise and all-knowing.
He knows the absolute best for our lives
And he lays down guidelines to help us stay on that path
He knows when we stray from it
Even when we think about straying from it.

Suppose, 
Suppose there is a God,
Suppose he's just, with high standards
He aches when those he loves are victims
And he cannot see their offenders unpunished.
Every offence is detestable to him
From the smallest to the greatest.

Suppose, 
Suppose there is a God,
Suppose he's humble, beyond humble.
That he lay aside all his divine priveleges
To walk alongside those he created
As a carpenter, not a king,
Born into squalor and scandal.

Suppose, 
Suppose there is a God,
Suppose he completely and utterly gets you.
Every struggle you face, he's been there.
Every hurt you've felt, he's wept for.
He smiles when you smile.
He's your most loyal advocate.

Suppose, 
Suppose there is a God,
Suppose he's compassionate and gracious,
His choice of friends is those others reject,
Not waiting for them to change, but meeting them where they are,
And he shows them the extent of his love
Talking the talk, and walking the walk.

Suppose, 
Suppose there is a God,
Suppose he's willing to die for you.
A death of shame, pain and inexpressible anguish
The son abandoned by the father who loved him
The father pouring out his justified, unquenchable fury
Not deserved by the son but by me.

Suppose, 
Suppose there is a God,
Suppose he's bigger than death.
And three days after his unthinkable crucifixion
His goodness and love exploded from the grave
In an unperishable body
And he's offering that same life to you.

Suppose, 
Suppose there is a God,
Suppose you could be called his child.
By trusting him, he promises life forever.
Walking alongside him in the highs and the lows
Inseparable by any mistake you might make
Because it's his deeds your relationship is based on.

Suppose, 
Suppose there is a God,
Suppose you could know him.
And be a fly on the wall with Father, Son and Spirit
Catching a glimpse of what life to the full truly means
With a direct line to speak to him anytime
And a guarantee he'd always listen and respond.

Suppose, 
Suppose there is a God,
Suppose he has good plans for you
Moulded to your personality, abilities and passions
Taking you places you never thought possible
But never forcing you into anything
So you can choose to follow him and love him

Suppose that God exists.

Is he worth it?

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