Five dangerous words: ‘Because God told me to’
You’ll hear a lot of folks use these words to justify a lot of things, but whether you believe in God or not you cannot argue they make a very powerful statement regarding an action.
For those who do believe, it may well be that God directs them to do something at one time or another, but there are so many things done “because God told me to” that are completely out of line with Biblical teachings it’s sickening.
It’s doubtful God would tell someone to bomb an abortion clinic or treat gays as subhuman or decide that Mexican immigrants are second class citizens.
It’s equally doubtful God would ever tell someone to abuse another person, hurt another person or bring pain to another person. Christ himself would consider these acts terrible and reprehensible.
Consider Terry Jones, the Koran burning pastor from Florida. Until nearly the very end, he was content to carry out his plan despite widespread opposition because he believed it was the will of the Almighty.
This is absolutely ludicrous, Jesus himself gave this final order to his disciples: “Love one another.”
Why then, are so many acts committed in the name of God such awful, bigoted, hateful things? Christ was never a man of evil or violence and so many so called “Christians” out there act so unlike Christ it’s almost insulting that they consider themselves his followers.
“Because God told me to” should not be used as an excuse or a way to deflect blame off of one’s actions. If you really think God told you to do something, check your Bible and make sure that whatever it is makes sense with Christian teachings. If it doesn’t, you’re in trouble.
Assuming God exists, do you really think He’s fond of people using His name to represent such actions? Doubtful. In fact I think it’s fair to say that some of those who claim to be driven to action by God might one day find themselves on the other side of the coin.
These are five words that carry a lot of power. Use them wisely