“Never think that you need to protect God. Because anytime you think you need to protect God, you can be sure that you are worshipping an idol.”-Stanley Hauerwas
Have you ever been in a conversation with someone who is a “truth defender” or a “God defender”? They know every single bible verse and they quote it to you too. They have to fight you on every doctrinal belief or stance you have because “they have the “biblical” one”. It’s so hard talking to people like this. It’s almost like when they read the bible, they learn it but they completely miss the point. Its stuck in there head but it didn’t transform who they are. They’re more invested in being right than actually loving and caring for the person sitting across from them. They hold “defending the truth” above helping others, kind of like how the Pharisees held “defending the law” over helping others.
My problem with people like this is that they are trying to defend something that doesn’t need to be defended. I wonder if they really believe that if I were to engage God in a battle, if I could really come out victoriously. So are we really going to defend something that doesn’t need to be defended? Are we going to get violent and angry over defending God? It seems like we lose love and peace, the very essence and ways God demonstrates himself to the world when we do this.
I kind of look at people like this like a person who is fighting tooth and nail over why “gravity doesn’t exist”. How sad would it be for a person to not believe in Gravity? They actually believe their body and everyone else is somehow floating around in the atmosphere like a stray balloon. If this person started making this argument hopefully we just reveal our deep-rooted pity for them. We all know Gravity exists, it is true. If we actually believe God is true, then we can hold to the same faith that we hold in gravity.
Is it really about God? Or are these people more interested in being right? Is it more gratifying for us to be right than to be loving and peaceful? And, when this person attacks “God” they themselves take offense because they feel attacked, not God. I am not condoning bad doctrine or theology, actually the latter, because a Christian with bad doctrine often paints a monstrous image of God. But, my hope is that we can realize that God is God, and we’re humans. Let God defend us petty humans, and, let us defend each other, rather than us violently opposing each other over something that stands True.
My hope is that we can learn to love and serve each other as Christ did for us, rather than defend something that doesn’t need defending.