when your God goes silent

when your God goes silent

"God on Mute" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
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When I was deep into Reformed Theology, one of the texts I studied was The Westminster Shorter Catechism. At one point it talks about when we feel abandoned by God. Silence. If I remember correctly, it teaches that this could be for a few reasons:
  • There is sin in your life so God has separated himself from you until you deal with it.
  • God wants to test you to see if you will remain faithful to him during this period.
  • It's a mystery and we just don't know.
I suggest that #3 encompasses numerous possibilities, including the absence of God. After reading Klaus Bockmuehl's book, Listening to the God Who Speaks: Reflections on God's Guidance from Scripture and the Lives of God's People, the conclusion one would have to draw is that if you're not hearing God, you're deaf. But after reading Shusaku Endo's shocking but necessary masterpiece, Silence, one must sober up to the reality that the silence is louder than everything else. Has your God grown silent? Are your beliefs changing? Join us at The Lasting Supper! We understand.

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