God with a Big G (1 of 10) by Andrew McQuitty

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God with a Big G (1 of 10)
Andrew McQuitty
Exodus 20:2-3

"This is what the culture war is all about. It is a conflict between those who recognize an objectively existing God who has spoken about the order of the universe. . . and those who think. . . that God is irrelevant to the debate or doesn't exist and we are on our own" (Cal Thomas).

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Introduction: The basic rule of life: God is first. . .

I'm fascinated by TV ads because of what they reveal about our culture. A recent auto ad features a grotesque giant in a business suit and a sign that says "RULES" stomping around a beautiful field, startling deer. He tries to stomp an Isuzu Rodeo as it flits by, but misses and falls. The narrator says, "The world has boundaries. Ignore them." The philosophical message is clear: rules are bad, rodeo's are good! The first part of that message is thematic in other ads. Foster Grant sunglasses: "NO LIMITS." Prince Matchabelli perfume: "LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS". Merrill Lynch, "TO KNOW NO BOUNDARIES.' Burger King: "SOMETIMES YOU GOTTA BREAK THE RULES." As a Spice Girls lyric neatly sums it up: "the rules are for breaking." Today at IBC, I'd like to respond to that Spice Girl: not God's rules, baby!

"This is what the culture war is all about. It is a conflict between those who recognize an objectively existing God who has spoken about the order of the universe. . . and those who think. . . that God is irrelevant to the debate or doesn't exist and we are on our own" (Cal Thomas).

On our own, or "Emmanuel", God with us? God irrelevant, or God prevalent? God surreal, or God for real? God with a little "g", or God with a big "G"? The 10 Commandments are God's guides to life as it should be lived. They confront us with the question of who, ultimately is Lord--God, or ourselves. If we are God, maybe Isuzu is right and we can ignore the world's boundaries. But if God is God, we ignore them at our o ...


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