What God Do You Choose
by Sheila Thomas, RScP
“If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this, then it is time we got rid of Him.” The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin
Most, if not all, of us have a view of God whether we believe in God or not. Our idea about God reflects our context and understanding of life. Therefore, it is impossible for us to have a conception of God that goes beyond that which we can envision. Baldwin’s quote above describes God as expansive and generous. God affirms and supports our urge to live free and fully expressed lives without limitation. Any other God is one that thwarts our being our greatest selves.
Some people shy away from the idea of God because they were taught that God is judgmental and exclusive. God is one that imprisons and forces us to be less than we are and to live within clearly prescribed boundaries. Baldwin reminds us that it is up to us to discern what God, the Divine is and we get to choose to experience a God that is for and with us rather than against us.
Ultimately, the God Baldwin describes is one in which all things are possible. We have the choice to accept a God in which we are free to be who we are and to live life fully or not. It is up to us what we choose and how we live ours lives reflects what we choose.
“I choose a God that is larger, freer and more loving.”