Paul Asher, a talented journalist, returns from reporting on the war and the horrific events shake his understanding of God. To make the plot extra challenging, Paul’s marriage is on the rocks too. In all this chaos, God shows up…well, at least a guy who claims to be God and is very good at math. Now you know the basics of An Interview with God.
I want to tread lightly because I love Christian film and the movie was palatable. Christian story telling has the potential to ask questions of eternal significance, but I found myself wondering: Why do we need to interview God?
We Don’t Need to Interview God
The reality is we don’t need to have God manifest as a man so we can interview Him, it already happened. It’s recorded in the Bible.
The Word: It is Written
God’s Word was good enough for Jesus; it should be good enough for us.
When Jesus went through the wilderness, fasting and facing the devil’s taunts, Christ proclaimed the Word. In a distressing moment, Jesus utilized what was already given – the prophets’ writings.
vs. 4 – Jesus answered, “It is written
vs. 7 – Jesus answered him, “It is also written
vs. 10 – Away from me, Satan! For it is written
Jesus provides a road map for us to follow. Paul Asher knew Biblical teachings but didn’t apply them. The Bible gives us the ammo we need to combat doubt, but our misunderstandings arise out of not supplying ourselves through study.
2 Timothy 2:15 (ESV)
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,b a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
The Sadducees were a group that did not believe in the resurrection, yet they spent time submitting ridiculous hypothetical challenges to Jesus. Christ replies with an interesting judgment of the Sadducees.
Mark 12:24 (ESV)
Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God? “
Unfortunately, many Christians error because they simply don’t know the information contained in the dusty, leather-bound Bible abandoned on the shelf.
The Fire Burns Inside
Maybe you’re not convinced that the Bible supplies the answers for today’s unique challenges. I would argue that cultures may change, but people have remained the same. Sinful. The Bible supplies the truth for man’s greatest need – salvation through Christ.
What’s a Christian to do if they’ve read the Bible and still aren’t confident of the path to follow? Should I zig or zag? I have two good, even Godly options before me…now what?
Believers have a not-so-secret weapon: The Holy Spirit living inside us.
John 16:13 (ESV)
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
We can trust God to lead us. He is the Good Shepherd after all.
God Doesn’t Answer to Us
I’ll leave you with a final reason that an interview with God isn’t simply unnecessary, but approaching inappropriate. An interview usually has two sides, the reporter asking questions, demanding answers and a subject in the hot seat.
God’s not insecure or unapproachable. He’s available and, as we’ve discussed, He’s giving us two avenues to know His ways. The interview isn’t a problem for God. It’s a problem for us because this thinking causes us to forget that we actually answer to God.
Matthew 12:36 (NIV)
But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment…
God sits enthroned and we will all kneel before Him, accountable for our actions. God won’t be explaining why sin and suffering was allowed. God will judge our actions.
If you’re curious like a cat, here’s a trailer to An Interview With God that inspired this post. What do you think? Is an interview with God necessary?