(Church Search 2 and 3: BCotN AND NHCC
Church 2 was my grandfather’s church, it was similar to the baptist church.
Church 3 seemed to be the best fit for us. They played ‘Forever’, ‘Better is One Day’ and another newer song, I forget which. Then a member talked about how going to church filled him up so that God could pour him into the lives of people around him. The pastor’s sermon was about bibilcally restoring a brother who had sinned. He was pretty funny and talked quickly, but that was because he read so much from the Bible. The people were friendly. They gave us new-comers a coffee mug, two mini-ressees, two mints, a pen, a guest card, and a c.d. of a previous sermon. I would and probably will come back to this church next week. Dare I say the search is over?)
I like churches that equip its members to do the work of the Lord. Pastors are busy enough overseeing the flock, they don’t have the time to go out and bring in more. Anyway, while sitting in church a woman said, “God gets lonely without you.” Had she known I would tear that theory apart she might have rephrased that. First of all, God can’t get lonely without us, he’s in the company of angels and well, Himself. He did, however, make us to glorify Him. In all of creation, we’re made in His image. Nothing else out there was made to be put in our place. God isn’t going to up and say, “I’m fed up with those humans. I choose dogs instead.” He knew long before we did what trouble humans would be in general and what trouble we’d each get ourselves into specifically, and yet he still carried on with his plan to put His Son in our place. He did that for all of us and for each and every one of us.
So he’s not lonely as in –
without companions or characterized by aloneness: The Bible tells us that for a christian to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Isaiah mentions that angels keep God company forever praising him. When God talks to himself he uses words like “we” “our” indicating his three-in-one nature.
unfrequented by people: I don’t think a second goes by on the earth without somebody somewhere praying. People are constantly talking to him, going to him with requests, if that isn’t frequented by people, it’s hard to say what is.
Producing dejection by the awareness of being alone: Since both of the first two definitions of being alone have been disproved, this one can’t possibly be true otherwise it would be contradictory. In other words, it ain’t happening.
I would say at most he is unhappy that his gift of salvations goes unchecked by us humans. He is quite displeased that people have chosen to reject His Son so that they couldn’t live with Him, forever. Then again, he knows that there are people who may be against God in every way who will one day accept Him in every way. So God isn’t lonely without you, but he doess miss you. (Miss as in feels sorrow for your absence.)