I Am The Lord
October 10, 2011 § Leave a comment
The monotheism of Isaiah 45:1-7 flies in the face of liberal tolerance demanding that various claims should run side by side with equal validity. When the God of the Bible speaks (“This is what the Lord says to his anointed” – 45:1), there is no room for neutrality or political correctness. The core demand of monotheism is captured in the phrase “I am the Lord” (45:3, 5, 6). The claim is clear: “I am the Lord and there is no other; apart from me there is no God” (45:5). However, this firm belief is neither a justification for intolerance towards others from whom we differ theologically or an excuse not to treat others with respect rooted in God’s love and mercy. This is first and foremost a challenge to us, the people of God. The problem lies within the people of God who are frequently seduced by other gods who claim equal priority beside the true God (45:6). It is about us not always acknowledging God as the only Lord in the ways we conduct our ordinary lives (45:5). Who or what will be Lord in your life today?