There is a story told about a little girl whose family were life-long members of a protestant church. They had decided to send her to the local Catholic school but were worried over how she would adjust to the daily chapel services. When she came home from her first day, her mom and dad inquired about how chapel had been — how similar or different it had been from their church. The little girl quickly responded, “You don’t have to worry — their worship is just as boring as ours.”
The famous writer, H.L. Menken, once scoffed about the contemporary church, “The chief contribution of Protestantism to human thought is its massive proof that God is a bore.”
Science writer, Charles Misner, speculated some years back as to why Albert Einstein, whom he called a “very religious man,” was so skeptical of Christianity. Listen to what he writes, “The design of the universe is very magnificent, wondrous and should not be taken for granted. I believe that this is why Einstein had so little use for organized religion … He must have looked at what the preachers said about God and felt they were blaspheming. He had seen so much more majesty that they had ever imagined, and they were just not talking about the real thing.”
God is not boring. We may be bored with God or church or the preacher or the Bible, but God is not boring. Too often we are like a little child who is brought to see the Grand Canyon, who glimpses at it and then becomes entranced with a candy wrapper he finds on the ground. The Grand Canyon is glorious, but the child does not have the eyes to see its wonder.
I think that we all know that we have been made to be filled with awe and wonder at something outside ourselves. There is a satisfaction that almost everyone gets when they look at the Grand Canyon or the Smoky Mountains or a beautiful stream or an intricate flower or even a picture of a billion light-years across nebula from the Hubble telescope. Our hearts are filled as we gaze at these things of incomparable beauty and power.
God made us to see wonders, and the greatest wonder of all is God and His glory seen in His Son Jesus Christ.
Do you know this? Many folks sense greater wonder and awe at a new video game or purse or TV show than they do in God. So many things are exciting and wonderful, but if the truth be told, it seems that God is a bore.
This is one of the great goals of God’s enemy, Satan. In 2 Corinthians 4:4 the Apostle Paul tells us, “The god of this world [Satan] has blinded the minds of unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” One of the Evil One’s chief aims is to keep us from seeing the glory and beauty of Jesus. The great lie of the Deceiver is that God is boring.
How can the One who crafted a billion galaxies be boring? How can the One who made whales and dolphins and the creatures of the deep be boring? How can the One who built Mt. Everest and dug the Grand Canyon be boring? How can the One who formed each unique man, woman and child be boring? He truly is the most interesting man in the world (my apologies to Dos Equis).
The problem is not with God but with us. So what can you do if God seems boring? First, confess. God loves it when people are real with Him about their struggles. Second, ask. Pray like God’s servant Moses who said, “Show me your glory” (Numbers 33:18). Finally, act. As one writer has said, “if you want to love the glory of God above all other glories, then you will study God and spend time with lovers of God and listen to God and look at God and gaze and gaze and gaze at the revelation of the glory of God in His Son, Jesus.”
God most certainly is not boring.
James Calderazzo is pastor of Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church in Destin. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.