God and Lemons: A Sneak-Peak to Sunday’s Sermon

{Sermon For 10.18.15}

Many have heard or used the cliche`:

“When Life hands you lemons, make lemonade.”


When we use that phrase, we recognize something fundamental:
Life is bigger than us. 

That phrase is a recognition that “life” is bigger than us. If that phrase was a reference to us being bigger than life, than we wouldn’t waste our time with the lemons. We would cut out the middle man, skip all that squeezing, and just have life hand us lemonade. 

But we aren’t larger than life, life is outside of our control, and things do happen to us that we never asked for. The cliche` commends us to make the most of that which is out of our control. 

However, what happens when our theology dictates that our God is only the God of making lemonade, and has no business in lemon distribution?

Often times our emotional responses to evil and suffering, in noble attempts to get God off the hook, demand that God is powerless to stop the lemons, but is perfect at making lemonade. It maybe sounds good on the surface, but what does that say about God’s position? 

That means, God too is not larger than life. That means that God is not bigger than life. Life, in that view, is god. God is not in control of Life, but is simply another player adapting and reacting to all of Life’s decrees. 

The question for all of us remains: who is it dishing out all those lemons? If not God, then who? 

In other words, if God is simply making the best out of the hand that’s dealt to Him, who dealt Him the hand? 

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