Which God are you presenting?

Today I listened to Regina Spektor’s song Laughing With. It reminded me of the importance of the way we present God to children and young people. In Losers, Loners, and Rebels: The Spiritual Struggles of Boys Allan Hugh Cole Jr. says that the God portraits we offer to young people can have a significant impact on their spiritual life and their faith in God. Do we want to present a God “like a genie who does magic like Houdini and grants wishes like Jiminy Cricket or Santa Claus”? Or do we want to offer children the portrait of a God who is loving, protecting, and caring—the one who cares about us enough to search for us like a woman turning her house upside down for one coin. God is the compassionate parent who welcomes back children that have gone astray and given God a bad name. Why would we want to present God as the one who hates us or wishes to punish us? This isn’t the God I know, and it’s not the God that I want to introduce to others. God concept matter.

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