The images used in this graphic page contrast two different worlds, yet whatever the Gospel is, it must have a message for both worlds.
The New Testament tells us that Jesus went about “preaching the gospel” and telling people to “believe the gospel.”
But what was that message? And what does it have to say to hurting children?
Whatever the Gospel is…it just can’t tell a hurting and lonely child, “God might, just might, love you because He sort of has to, but you don’t deserve to be loved or to have any friends.”
But God doesn’t “sort of have to” do anything. He is God after all, but there’s more to it than that. Whatever He does it’s because of who He is, He just can’t do anything differently, even if He tried. There is no “sort of” to His love.
I’m not sure if we can totally understand this kind of love, a love that has no other option but to love with unlimited expanding intensity. Words explain in part, but it must be experienced for a fuller understanding.
Hurting children ask some tough questions about God as Heavenly Father. Hurting grown ups do too. Often these questions can come from a comparison that is made to an earthly father.
But earthly fathers can do things differently. They do have choices. They can choose to NOT “sort of have to love” AT ALL.
They can make you feel like you need to earn their love. They can refuse to have any time for you to do things with you like what a friend would do. They can even make you wish that you had never been born.
Whatever The Gospel is…it must not be based on something God feels obligated to do or about something that you must make God want to do. It must be about adding more onto something that you already always had.