Not So Cheap by Thomas S. Buchanan

Not So Cheap

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up, my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.
—Psalm 131:1

Hardly a week goes by when I do not read at least one letter in the editorial column of my local newspaper describing God. One week there will be a letter explaining how God loves homosexuals and that orthodox Christians are bigots and, thus, new laws must be passed to protect ordinary citizens from the zealots. The next week there will be a letter explaining that God caused the September 11 destruction, using terrorists as agents of his wrath on our godless culture, and, thus, we must all repent and vote against the proposition to legalize the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sundays. The following week there may be a letter explaining God’s views on smoking or body piercing or littering. Each of these letters is usually followed a few days later by a rebuttal, explaining what God and the writer really think (which is usually that the first writer’s opinions were heretical).

While I enjoy a good discussion of the character of God, I find it interesting that many people feel free to confidently explain him to me and the rest of the world through newspapers, television shows, and other public podiums. Of course, freedom of speech is highly valued in our country (as long as it isn’t politically incorrect), but as Christians, we should not all feel so free to philosophize about God.

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Thomas S. Buchanan is the George W. Laird Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware. He has studied at UCSD, Northwestern University, and MIT, and has held visiting professorships at the University of Western Australia and the University of Aix-Marseille. He has served as department chairman, deputy dean, and institute director, president of the American Society of Biomechanics, and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Applied Biomechanics. He is on the Board of Trustees of Saint Katherine College, the editorial board of Touchstone, and the board of The Fellowship of St. James.

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