Trying to Manage God {Quotable}


Consider the following quote:

“The holy God of Scripture will not be managed by religion: he demands everything from us.  Perhaps the holy could be managed if it were merely a matter of difference and distance.  But the holy God is love.  He will not be satisfied with an occasional sacrifice or prayer.  He will not give in to our request for holy indifferences, for some space to be ourselves, for a little spot of ground to call ‘mine.’  He will not leave us alone.  He will give us no space and no time to experiment with corruption, slavery, injustice, sin, falsehood, and death.  He loves us, and therefore he will not be satisfied with anything but our total, free, receiving, and returning love.  God is holy; God is love; God is holy love–those are terrible and wonderful words.”  (Ron Highfield, Great is the Lord: A Theology for the Praise of God, 2008)

Agree or Disagree?  How does religion–or religious individuals–attempt to manage God?