"We gather in faith..."
Teaching and commentary from our pastor, Bishop Francis J. Christian
ReflectionsSometimes I get the question ďDoes God love me less if I
sin seriously?Ē The answer to that question is no. But our
sin does prevent Godís love from getting through to us.
Nothing can stop Godís love from going out from him.
But we can stop it from entering into us. It is like the
sunlight: nothing can stop it from coming out of the sun,
because that is what the sun is made of. But we can shut
our eyes or pull the shade down. God is like a million
burning suns of love; nothing can stop him from loving us
any more than we can stop the sun from shining. But we
can turn our back on him and walk in our own shadow.
That is what sin does. Godís love is not dependent on how
good we are. Think for a moment about Jesusí parable of
the lost sheep. The shepherd goes out looking for the
sheep in love even though the sheep, so to speak, turned
its back on the shepherd. Or think about the Father of the
prodigal son who is anxiously waiting for him to come
home even though he rejected the Father. That is the kind
of love God has for us. But we are free to accept it or
reject it. When we reject it God does not stop loving us.
But we cut ourselves off from Him. Because He keeps
loving us and reaching into our hearts with His grace,
calling us back to Him, he gives us chance after chance to
repent and come home. But the choice is always ours.
Someone said once that God does not damn anyone, He
simply accepts the decision that we make for ourselves. It
is truly wonderful to know that God loves us in this way.
For if we should sin, why would we even think about
turning back to him if we thought He had stopped loving
us and would not welcome us home? But He will.
(Some of the images in this reflection are borrowed from
Peter Kreeft in his book Your Questions, Godís Answers)