GOD HAS A HABIT of working in ways that I find annoying. One of my best friends started following Jesus after reading an evanglistic tract, despite the fact that I believe tracts to be impersonal, offensive, and ineffective. And I know an extended family member whose life was transformed through a God-encounter mediated by the recovery of a lost pet. Particularly upsetting to me was the time my small-group leader, a woman whom I trust deeply, experienced a miraculous healing of cold sores after a televangelist encouraged her to place her hands on her television screen. Mere seconds after placing her hands on the screen, she was instantly and verifiably healed. Her husband, whom I also trust, confirms the story.
I don’t know what’s worse: the report of this miraculous, straightforward healing in a season of life during which a friend of mine in his mid-twenties was dying of allegedly treatable cancer or the fact that the healing was facilitated by a televangelist with theology and politics that I found distasteful at best and miraculous at worst. God’s total disregard for my cultural, political, and theological preferences is deeply troubling and profoundly offensive to my sense of how God and the world ought to work.
– Matthew Croasmun
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