“You are asking for something that would be harmful to your salvation if you had it–
so by not getting what you’ve asked,
you really are getting what you want.”
St. Catherine of Siena
I had the pleasure of attending a corporate function yesterday at a large Atlanta corporation.
It was a great family affair.
I was very surprised when I heard a fellow over a loudspeaker addressing the large
crowd gathered, consisting of employees and their families, grateful that
“the Lord has provided us with such a beautiful day today for our party…”
“Wow,” I thought to myself…how many corporate events, other than Chick-fil-A,
will a person hear such words spoken publically to a large gathered crowd???
A crowd that is not gathered for some sort of church service but simply gathered?!
Hopeful was my immediate reaction.
Next, I saw a young lady walk past me wearing a shirt very similar to the one shown above,
albeit with gold lettering.
I laughed to myself, laughing over how our words and their meanings have evolved
with our ever-evolving culture.
Back in the day…as in back in my younger days, the word dope was another word for drugs…
usually hard drugs such as heroin.
So to see such a current catchphrase used, as well as worn,
in reference to the great I AM left me a bit taken aback.
Is the name of God to be emblazoned, worn across the body in such a fashion?
Is Elohim, El Shaddai to be merchandised and blended into the current culture as
trendy high fashion?
Just another glittery hip-hop fashion statement??
I don’t know.
Whereas some would argue that wearing such a shirt is a good thing as it proclaims
that one is obviously some sort of unashamed “believer”…
and yet I am left wondering if it is not actually the making of God into something He is not…
that being small…
Making God fit into our idea rather than His idea…
an idea of what it is to be GOD…the great I AM…
or rather something that is simply, as we now say, dope.
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites:
‘I AM has sent me to you.’”