Monday, May 2, 2016

New and Improved God?

Some things just don't make sense to me. 

Advertising is a way to get customers to buy. I get that. But sometimes how they go about it is just plain ridiculous. For example:

Decades ago a diaper company came out with diapers just for boys and just for girls. They claimed that there was extra padding in certain parts of the diaper that made them even more absorbent and therefore specialized for your boy or girl. People went nuts for these 'specialized' diapers, and they flew off the shelves.
Years later, there were complaints that customers couldn't find the special diapers sometimes because the stores ran out of stock of one or the other. Advertisers, being the clever beings they are, devised a plan. They would now make diapers for both boys and girls! Wow!

Again, people went nuts and the 'new and improved' diapers and their products flew off the shelves.

This is not the first time something like this has happened. Someone comes along and invents a new 'new' that's really a specialized 'old', then they go back to their original product, calling it 'new and improved'. 

Was it ever really new? What's next? Coloring books? 

Oh let's do look at this one, shall we?

Coloring books for kids. Awesome! Always a steady seller. But what if we make them for adults? Wow, what a concept! Now there's coloring books for adults all over the bookstores and online (and I admit, I want to design a few myself!) But just wait a few years until coloring book passions wane. Oh look- something new! Coloring books for kids! New and improved!

And the rush to buy them will start all over again.

Why do we keep falling for this over and over again? Because advertisers know what they're doing. They know of they tweak something, specialize it for a while, it will sell- and when sales die down, they reintroduce the old product as 'new and improved'.

Chances are, we'll fall for it, over and over again. I'm including myself on this too, folks! 

Sometimes I find myself buying the new and improved products despite my knowledge of its untweaked history. Sometimes the baubles the advertisers dangle are just too shiny to resist. Oh human nature, you have failed me once again!

Now I see people doing the same thing with God.
He's New and Improved! Yes! A more tolerant, better Jesus- right here, today! Get Him while He's hot!

I don't think so.

God hasn't changed and neither has any of His other aspects. You can't tweak God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit. How can you tweak perfection? The advertisers are trying to sell a trusted product as new and improved to get the new generations to come to Him- but the angle that they're using to 'sell God' is off kilter. God is the same all the time. God is good all the time. But the advertisers (false prophets, really) do their best to get bodies into their churches by false advertising.

Some even break the scriptures to do it.

I'm not here to point fingers or name names- we're all sinners- that's why we go to church in the first place! But for some leaders to break scriptures to get a following- well, that's just wrong.

God loves everyone. Everyone. But that doesn't mean He accepts everything that we do. And that's what is being preached- He loves you (which is true) and everything you do is fine with Him (which is not true).

Even Jesus went a little postal when people turned the church into a marketplace for 'clean' sacrificial animals. So why should He do anything different now?

God hates sin. Period. He loves us. Period. You can't sell God like dish soap or some 'new and improved' product. God wants us to worship Him, love Him, and do our poor best by Him. That's the way God rolls. And who can improve on that?


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