God’s Favorite Person

Have you ever wondered who God’s favorite person is? I mean, surely He must like some people better than others, and who would have a stronger case for saying this person or that person is the most outstanding person He ever created?

Look at Dr. Billy Graham. Mother Teresa. Any number of the Catholic saints that even Protestants and Evangelicals recognize as outstanding Christians. Or go even further back. What about one of the disciples? The Bible says that John was Jesus’s best earthly friend. Wouldn’t God the Father feel the same way?

Or one of the apostles who took Christianity to the world? Saul who became Paul after his conversion would seem a likely candidate, one made all the more likable because he boasted of his human weaknesses and his strength in Christ.

I learned an interested bit of theology from a Ted Dekker book I found on sale one time. If I recall correctly, however, it wasn’t one of his supernatural best sellers.

In that book, a discussion arose about who God’s favorite person was. And the suggested answer puts all of the suggestions above to shame. Or at least makes them seem irrelevant.

I’m God’s favorite person. So are you. So is your next-door neighbor and each of the poor starving children living on the other side of the world. God loves us all equally. That makes sense to me.

But the idea that God loves us equally has a horrifying corollary. He loved Hitler and Stalin just as much as He loves you and me. How unfair is that? Those men were horrible. They murdered millions of innocent people. How could He possibly love them–and love them as much as He loves me?

Let’s bring it a little closer to home, though. Those two men–and many others like them–are long dead and gone.

But what about the person who’s competing with you for a promotion? Or the one who criticizes everything you do and makes your life miserable? On and on the list could go.

Hmm.

Loving us equally doesn’t mean God approves of anyone’s unrighteousness–and every single human being is unrighteous because Adam and Eve misused free will to sin, and that introduced death into the picture from that time forward.

I believe God wants to give each of us an equal chance at redemption–at becoming His approved children through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, and the sacrifice He made to keep God from holding our sins–our unrighteousness–against us.

Do you believe that? Have you accepted God’s gift of eternal life, along with a life that’s far more meaningful than a non-believer can imagine?

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Roger

Frustration!

I probably would’ve learned this lesson years earlier if I’d read Ted Dekker’s book Black as a single novel. But my wife had given me the whole three-book Circle Series in hardback as a single volume. So I barely paid attention to the fact that Black didn’t have a satisfactory ending. Or that it was part of a series not a standalone.

The same with Red, the next book in that series. Both of those  books required the reader to proceed to the next book. White finally provided the ending I’d been waiting for and reading to reach. As if the series had just been a very long single novel.

So I failed to take in that a series is NOT the same thing as a sequence of standalone sequels.

That happened a number of years ago.

Flash forward to May of this year. I was attending a Christian writers conference near Asheville, NC. Among the many excellent features of the Ridgecrest Lifeway Conference Center was the presence of–surprise?–a Lifeway Bookstore.

If you read my recent post, “I Can’t Live without Books,” you won’t be surprised that I browsed through the Lifeway store at least once daily. Of special interest were books written by faculty and attendees. I enjoyed seeing my three  novels there, even though Lifeway doesn’t ordinarily carry them.

I couldn’t justify buying every book I wanted, though–I could’ve spent a hundred dollars in ten minutes–so one day I wandered through the “Bargain Books” section. Few of the books on those shelves appealed to me.

But there was one exception. Forbidden. A lengthy dystopian novel co-authored by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee. For $2.97, how could I go wrong?

I finally started reading it a couple of days ago. Creative. Compelling. Absorbing. A real page turner. And so much better than another dystopian novel I’d read recently.

Last night I made the mistake of flipping to the last page. Not to cheat and see how the story turned out, but to find out what the last page number was so I could figure out how much longer it take me to finish.

Uh, okay. The book cover undoubtedly said something about this book being part of a series, but I didn’t see that or take in its significance. But what I’d accidentally seen on the last page made clear that Forbidden wouldn’t be any more complete by itself than Black had been. Unlike Black, however, I didn’t have the rest of the series.

Some bargain this $2.97 book was going to be if I had to get two more books to read the rest of the story. And at a considerably higher cost than $2.97 per book.

Honestly, I was so frustrated I almost pitched the book into the nearest waste can, determined to forget I’d ever seen it. Why bother to even finish it?

I haven’t pitched it, though. Not yet. But neither have I continued to read it.

I suppose I have no right to feel gypped–I got what I paid for, even though it wasn’t all I’d expected–but I think I’m justified in feeling frustrated. I hate series and now realize I should avoid them carefully in the future!

Let me ask something. What would you do now? Please leave a comment. I’d really like to know.

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