Sometimes I’m left scratching my head at some of the Bible’s stories. I can only imagine if these things happened to me:
- God told me to sacrifice my first born and only son as a test of my love for Him.
- Struggling with a speech impediment, I’m called to lead the Jewish nation from Egyptian captivity.
- God tells me to build an arc on the middle of land, far away from the sea, while the rest of the world parties on.
- Knowing full well he kills people like me, God tells me to go and speak to Saul of Tarsus about Jesus.
- The man I believe to be the Savior tells me he must die first before leading his people to salvation. Huh?
These things don’t make sense. Logically, rationally, realistically — they fall short of reason. Yet if any of these Bible characters chose the rational route, God’s world would have been a very different place. (These characters are, respectively: Abraham, Moses, Noah, Ananias, and Peter.)
This is a bizarre reality of the Christian faith. Interestingly enough, such stories are subject to ridicule by the new Atheist movement. In a debate between apologist William Lane Craig and atheist Christopher Hitchens, Hitchens is found mocking the Christian faith for the contradictory advice the Bible gives its heroes. “If Christianity turns out to be true,” he says, “I’ll be extremely disappointed in the Creator” (sic).
Yet herein lies the rub. While the decisions may have been rather crazy, the outcomes turned out to be incredible. God was able to pull these people through, and the results were way beyond any sense these guys made of it.
I think of Love Another Child. Wendy and I wrote this book with a heartfelt attempt to explain our conviction to have and love children. It’s tough to reason through loving another child in a world that is so adamant in reasoning children away. “Love another child” may be on the heart of a couple — getting off the pill, researching adoption, applying for foster care, etc. — but they brush it off as unreasonable, a bit crazy.
We challenge that thought. While the whole world may call it crazy, it may just be God’s prodding to trust Him and go for it. Wendy and I stand on this side of the struggle with a house full of blessings, thinking why did we ever doubt our heart.
(By the way, get Love Another Child. It’s a really good book, and you’ll love it!)