For I am the Lord, I change not
Malachi 3:6a (King James Version)
It was 9 years ago I started this blog; April 2007 was its original iteration. After a couple year’s hiatus, I returned in 2011 with the present iteration. It was during these 9 years I shared my experiences from a Christian to a follower of Christ. It was also during these 9 years I wrote about the Church.
Now as we’re almost in the middle of 2016, and we see Western Christianity going through more changes than a stage actor during their performance, I wonder about the future of God. As not only Christianity, but human spiritual development is undergoing its evolution, where will God fit in the equation? A sage once said, “Galileo put God out of a home and Darwin put God out of a job.” Today we’re seeing Atheism in the pulpit as preachers and teachers are moving beyond the Big Alpha Male in the Sky who does the supernatural, intervenes, and all that other cool stuff. In my own African-American community, we’re seeing Atheism among the young, educated and professional-despite media portrayals of us being exclusively the opposite-the population the African-American church is wooing. Even science, which is slowly coming together with spirituality, is portraying “God” in a light different than that of Scripture.
Plus, God ain’t so hot-despite the “growth” of churches in the Southern Hemisphere. People don’t really give the Big Guy/Gal much props anymore. It seems God has evolved from humanity’s Creator to its stepchild. Even in religious countries where Atheism is a death sentence, people are still kicking God to the curb.
If we look at tonight’s Scripture text, we see a Divine declaration turning into a moot point.
So what’s God’s future? Is God destined for the welfare motel having to work odd jobs to eat? Or is God destined for the funeral pyre of history where many a theologian is sending Him/Her? Will Christianity (along with its fellow Abrahamic faiths, Islam and Judaism) try to fight back for God with whatever means necessary? Or, as science and spirituality come together, will see see a new “God” come forth?
The future of God? That’s a good question; and one that will be explored in the days to come.
(Image above by me: Abandoned church in Franklin, NJ)