The Vulnerability of God

Owl on the door of an Evergreen resident.

Richard Rohr sometimes comments about the weakness of God.  According to the Bible the omnipotent God has made himself vulnerable to the foolishness of humanity.

According to the ancient story God was not satisfied with a garden filled with trees and bushes bearing fruit and berries to sustain life. Then God added a tree that would allow humans to know good and evil.   The original pair yielded to the temptation. Then God entrusted the care of his good earth to the impaired pair and their impaired escendants. How foolish!

Would it not have been wiser for God to assert power and allow the natural ecosystems of the world to replicate life without the intrusion of humanity?  Rhoda and I once had a Mennonite Your Way guest who was a biology teacher who majored on ecosystems in trees.  He told us that each tree has ita own unique ecosystem.

A picture of a picture of Royal and Evelyn Bauer

It wonders me that the God of the Bible allows the church to divide even though such divisions blunt the gospel and make it more difficult for anyone to believe in the Jesus way. The mission of Jesus on earth was to be a living and dying demonstration of the vulnerability of God. Converting the world to Jesus-like behavior is the major mission of the church.

In an earlier post I wrote that life Fades Brilliantly and introduced Royal Bauer whom we had honored for  teaching  the Evergreen Sunday school class for forty-eight years . Since  that post Joyce and I read an autobiography by Royal’s wife Evelyn.

A picture of a painting by Evelyn Bauer

The vulnerable couple heard the call of God and prepared to be missionaries in India.  In India  they adjusted to other missionaries,  learned a new language and culture, and became parents of a baby boy.  At the end of the third year, just when they were ready to be effective missionaries, Evelyn suffered polio, and they needed to return to their home in America.

The autobiography roused questions for us to ask Royal.  He is our neighbor and we could easily visit him. From him we learned that  Evelyn lived to age seventy and could  cook on a stove lowered to a height suited to work from a wheel chair, use an electric typewriter  with the aid of a sling for her arm and to use her artistic skill to paint from her wheelchair. Royal rose to the challenge of his own vulnerability by teaching Bible and English at Bethany Christian Schools.

Grace is chosen way
of the God of the Bible
to save human kind

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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2 Responses to The Vulnerability of God

  1. Jep Hostetler says:

    Keep up the good work, dear friend.

  2. Keep up the good work, dear friend. Well done.

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