by Jeff Strite

The God Who Is Bigger
Jeff Strite
I Kings 19:11-13

OPEN: A Revival can take place only when people fully understand who God is. A few of years back, someone in Florida launched a billboard campaign, sponsored by an anonymous client, who tried to do just that: help people understand who God was. The campaign depicted several different "messages from God" and all were signed "God." For example:
1. Let's Meet at My House Sunday Before the Game.
2. Loved the Wedding, Invite Me to the Marriage
3. Will The Road You're On Get You To My Place
4. Need Directions?
5. I Love You... I Love You... I Love You.

I personally thought these were pretty clever, but sometime after these billboards had made national news, I found myself listening to a radio preacher out of Indianapolis who had problems with these billboards, particularly the ones that sounded ominous and judgmental like the following:
6. My Way Is The Highway
7. Some Things Are Written In Stone
8. Keep Using My Name In Vain and I'll Make Rush Hour Longer
9. What Part of "Thou Shalt Not..." Didn't You Understand?
10. You Think It's Hot Here?

What troubled that "preacher" was that those particular billboards spoke of a God who stood in judgment. He would have much preferred a God who was always loving and tender... in fact, he seemed to be offended by the notion that God would ever judge anyone.

ILLUS: This wasn't the first time I'd encountered this attitude. Years ago (when I'd just graduated from Bible college) I began a Bible study in my home. Several men attended, included a man from another church in town - one that was known for its liberal teachings.
We were studying the story of Ananias and Sapphira, who lied about a contribution to church, and immediately upon lying... they died. Although the text didn't explicitly state that God killed them, that was obviously the implication.
Well, this really offended my friend from the other church. He became agitated and tried to prove God had ...

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