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The short of the matter is that Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers is suing God to make a point about frivilous lawsuits. But I have a problem with anyone using God in a frivilous manner. If I’m not mistaken that might be called using God’s name in a vain manner. But there are other matters to address…
Sen. Chambers accuses God of… “(Making) terrorist threats against the senator and his constituents, inspiring fear and (has) caused widespread death, destruction and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth’s inhabitants.” He’s seeking a permanent injunction against the Almighty. His logic is that since God is omnipresent, the suit can be filed in Nebraska.
The arrogance and demagogary of this whole event is amazing! That a person… any person… who is nothing more than a speck of lint on a speck of lint floating in the universe would bring such an action against God is the very definition of Biblical foolishness. In short, Sen. Chambers IS a fool (Psalm 14:1).
Listen… God can do what He wants… when He wants… as He wants… to who He wants… because He is God. God’s actions are beyond question and are not to be scrutinized at any time for any reason… because He is God. When God acts, in whatever way it might be, we are not in a position to question Him. Not only that, because God is God, everything He does is by definition good even though we might not understand it.
Consider a few passages of Scripture that might apply here…
Psalm 14:1 “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God…”’ (Mr. Chambers is a known opponent of God).
Psalm 37:13 “The Lord laughs at the wicked, for He sees that his day is coming…” (This is God’s reaction to Sen. Chambers “lawsuit.”).
Proverbs 18:2 “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.”
Daniel 4:34 “For (God’s) dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom endures from generation to generation;
35 all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and He does according to His will among the host of heaven
and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay His hand or say to Him, ‘What have you done?'” (This means that no matter what a speck of lint thinks, God has… does… and will continue to do whatever He desires.)
Isaiah 46:9 “Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
and I will accomplish all My purpose…'”
Romams 9:20 “But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honored use and another for dishonorable use? 22 What if God, desiring to show His wrath and to make known His power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 in order to make known the riches of His glory for vessels of mercy…”
How should Chrsitians address or respond to discussions about this event? One is by having our own theology grounded in Scripture (Thus the passages above). Second, I believe it is best to “Answer a fool according to his folly” (Proverbs 26:5). That would mean exposing it for what it is… foolishness. Third, use it as an opportunity to talk about the unfathomable ways of God that “are past finding out” (Romans 11:33)… and as a result to put or faith, hope, and trust in the all powerful God of the universe!
Quote… “Just because we don’t see how something can be good doesn’t mean it isn’t good.”