In Love With a Vulnerable God

“If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things.” Romans 8:31.32. (NIV)

Today, it seems, brutal gods are on the rise. They are, like the Borg of the Star Trek movies, bent on conquering, subduing and humiliating.

You never know where you stand with them: will they save you, assimilate you, or barbecue you forever? Deep down in your heart you know very well that they are not to be trusted. You can’t love them either because you do not actually know who they are. Those macho gods might just as well be demons in disguise.

I love the vulnerable God. There is and there has always been only one of the kind. Those who met Him tell us that he loved people so much that He risked everything for them: His own kingdom, His reign, even His own life as He merged his fate with ours – and all of it to draw us somehow back to His embrace. He acted like a true lover wanting to demonstrate his love for his estranged wife, saying – “I would rather die than be without you!”

What a difference between my God and those other, bullying gods. You know you are safe with Him. He is worth following. But I do wonder why is a vulnerable God so offensive to many, while macho gods have a large following? What is wrong with us that we often find the gods of abuse more attractive than the One who comes to us with an embrace of a true lover?

The late Irish TV comedian Dave Allen used to finish each of his TV shows by a farewell – “May your god go with you!” May they indeed. But as for me I dare not go with any one of them. Instead, I will keep trusting in my vulnerable God, in this life and the one to come.

About Tihomir Kukolja

Tihomir Kukolja, born in Pozega, Croatia. Studied, lived and worked in Yugoslavia, Croatia, United Kingdom, Australia and the US. Educated in theology, communications, and radio journalism. Worked as a church pastor, media professional, radio producer and presenter, journalist, religious liberty activist, and reconciliation and leadership development activist. Lives in Houston TX, USA. Until recently served as the Executive Director, Forum for Leadership and Reconciliation (Forum), and Director of Renewing Our Minds (ROM) initiative. Loves photography, blogging and social media.
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2 Responses to In Love With a Vulnerable God

  1. Associated Reflection: It is totally incompatible with the character of Jesus to imagine any of his followers on a violent rampage against the lives of other people with the yelling proclamation of Jesus’ name on their lips, as if the wicked thing they are doing is done in honor of His name. And if anything of a sort would happen, we would have every right to conclude that those doing it have either gone mad, or that they are possessed by demons, or that they are acting with the outright intention to mock his name.


  2. Ilija says:

    1 John 4:18
    There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

    Other bullying gods, imprison people in fear, not at once but slowly.
    Who would pray 50+ times a day, like to a muslim god, and never get anything but be put on hold with, and have feeling of being dominated and never sharing in , with muslim god that that person is praying to ?
    Fear is the driving force benhind all confusion, on the part of the confused.

    James 2:13
    because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

    Many are hurt, some, out of many demand justice, therefore judgment to be on the same level as the offender. Mercy requires faith. Faith that one day you will have justice in some way, by God.
    Mercy is like giving high five to God, and letting him wrestle in the ring. Once He wins, He gives you high five, and you enter the ring and you give Him the glory and the credit.
    Mercy is like, not being on the same level as the offender but actually higher, where to show mercy you have to, have faith, and be interested in God more then in justice for that particular case.
    Forgivness has also big part in it. It enables you to see, that that offender has been deceived to do what he or she has done. It gives you peace. There is one deceiver for all people, and once your know that deceiver is to blame for all wrongs you have done, you do know that you have been forgiven. If you are forgiven by the grace of God, which we all have been called to know and accept Jesus, then He does blame the deceiver for all wrongs on part of the one that accepts Jesus. Who else is left ?

    To know that many have been deceived by the same entity, drives me rather to have mercy then to demand justice.

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