Stay with me Jesus

The husband sent me this video for Guster’s “Stay with me Jesus.” It’s hilarious and really captures so much of what bothers me about prayer and divine providence as I was raised to understand them – so self-focused, grounded in the absolute conviction that everything that happens is God doing something just for me, as part of a divine plan, that it can make people insensitive and even callous to other people’s suffering.

Appropriate for April Fool’s Day, given some of the comments on Youtube from Christians who don’t seem to understand that the song is satirical…

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  1. David Holland says:

    Grace,

    You write, “…prayer and divine providence as I was raised to understand them – so self-focused, grounded in the absolute conviction that everything that happens is God doing something just for me, as part of a divine plan, that it can make people insensitive and even callous to other people’s suffering.”

    It seems to me that if someone is already so “self-focused” they do not need God’s help to be, “… insensitive and even callous to other people’s suffering.”

    I can’t help but think you may have missed the point of “…prayer and divine providence”, since it is most commonly used to comfort people who are suffering themselves.

    If you then say that the idea of divine providence is used to callously excuse God for pain in the world then you are dangerously close to Luke 7

    ” 31“To what then shall I compare the men of this generation, and what are they like? 32“They are like children who sit in the market place and call to one another, and they say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.’ 33“For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ 34“The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 35“Yet wisdom is vindicated by all her children.” ”

    But who am I to judge?

    • Again, you need to read more closely. I didn’t say anything about callously excusing GOD for pain – nor is the video about that! The video and thus my comments are about Christians who celebrate being specially chosen to be spared or provided for in certain situations because God loves them in a special, select way. It’s callous to other people’s suffering because of what it necessarily implies – that God’s love somehow didn’t extend in the same way to people who, say, died in a plane crash as it does to people who survived.

      This is getting old. You consistently misread my posts and proceed to lecture based on your misreading of them, and your comments are not contributing to the kind of conversation I’d like to have on this blog. You’re going into moderation.