Today’s Christian logic goes somewhat like this:
Something Good Happened To You
+ You Believe God Let This Happen To You
You Must Be Blessed By God
This is straight out of Philosophy 101: Logic. If A + B then it must be C. However, it is considered one of the most flawed logical formulas because it rarely holds consistent.
A person recently on Facebook posted that a well-named Christian figure’s house was not burned down by the Colorado Springs fire, they rejoiced (as many commenters did) because it showed the person must be blessed. However, what about the 400 families that now have ashes to return to? Have they somehow lost their blessing? Never had it? Does God not feel the same about them?
Do we look at tragedies like the Moore tornado or Sandy Hook and state that those who survived are blessed and those who didn’t are not? So who really holds onto the blessing of the Lord?
I would suggest that we have made up dogmatic points to satisfy our need for positive reaffirmation. If that is the case, then we use spiritual concepts like “blessing” as nothing more than a self-help concept. A term to solidify those who are deserving and those who are not. It has little to do with God and far more to do with our own worldly outlook.
Biblically, this falls into the same question of “why do good things happen to bad people?” Why was the book of Job written? How, in the end, did Job hold onto the truth that he was indeed blessed, even though he lost everything but eventually gained it back? That situation alone would have pushed me to the loony bin. (Which then I would have not been very blessed…or would I?)
This entire post may come off as nit-picky or simply me being a curmudgeon. I am not going to slap someone across the face if they tell me or suggest someone else is blessed; because the reality is, we are all blessed. However, blessing isn’t meant to be a positive reaffirmation of God’s love for you, because that was settled in a very bloody way through the cross.
When I look at the definition of the word blessed, it is often coupled with the word kneel, a physical act of submission towards God. That alone twists the aforementioned logic because submission, in the Biblical definition, is pictured as a dog coming to it’s master and licking his hand out of unconditional love. The dog would then be blessed because he simply loves/is submitted to his master. Amazing eh?
So, love God and be blessed is the short moral of this blog. Seems easier to logically understand than the self-help mishmash we have created.