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There’s very little that we can actually talk about that wouldn’t, in some way, correlate, and in one way or another be linked too, if not be directly affiliated with God. It doesn’t matter if your conversations linger on the weather, which is set in motion by its’ creator, or if you prefer to discuss the fundamentals of Tchaikovsky and the music of the romantic period, which flows from the creative and passionate parts of our persons, which are systemic of the image we bear, being that of God Himself. Perhaps you prefer to discuss the health and progress of the years’ crop which is a direct result of both your efforts to work the ground, mans original job given by God, and natures affects on them, again something set in motion by the creator.
However we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses that fervently work hard to avoid the very thought of bringing God into a conversation (yes even ‘Christians’). There are those who desperately want nothing to do with God, or at least a god that would expect anything from them, or maybe a god that didn’t offer the easy answers, or was too confusing, or made one feel as though they were ‘bad’. These are those who are either unwilling to allow any god other themselves have any say in their ‘reality’, or they are simply ignorant about God. Although even a “proper education” about God does not guarantee ones willingness to participate with Him, much less believe in, or want anything to do with Him.
And as this is the world that we live in, God gets lumped in with politics, because God is viewed as a system of control. Or He’s thrown in with sports, because it always depends on who’s team you side with. God becomes a taboo cliché. “Don’t talk about politics, or religion, and stay away from sports if you want to play it safe.” So our conversations, no matter how relevant to God and the one who gave meaning to language, are driven into a dark corner where we have to be ever so careful not to mention a perfect God or how much He loves us.
Yet even Christians are riddled with misunderstandings about who God is and how He fits into a world that is crazy and angry, and sad, and confused, and looking for meaning. And so they feel as though they are backed into a corner, yet in reality they are finding themselves in the very same place that those who don’t understand God and our relationship with Him, are in.
So because we don’t know how to talk about God specifically, we avoid the conversation altogether. We are bombarded with the demand to “shut up already” by those we thought were safe to talk too. This mentality then comes to work with us, comes into our homes, even to church with us, and we are so burdened with fear of being unsure of who is safe to talk about God with. This fear leaves us speechless and powerless, and ultimately builds in us the same attitude that caused us to remain silent in the first place. Where we then adopt the “don’t talk to me about god” view.
There are innumerable conversations every day where God is present and moving, and relevant, and good where we juke and dodge and do whatever we can to avoid the ‘imposing concept’ of god. It is a conversation that you can run from but will never be able to completely hide from, as it is ultimately the conversation everyone is having without intending too. So instead of intentionally and tactfully looking for ways to avoid Him, be ready to be encountered by Him and moved by Him and used by Him to be empowered to talk about politics, and religion and sports.