I happened to watch a Fox news segment yesterday, which is a dubious proposition at the best of times. I stay away from Fox, it causes my blood to boil and in the long run, that can’t be good for my health.
Anyway, they were pontificating about the rise in female bread winners (and if you want a great and more nuanced look at it – I would recommend Hannah Rosen’s “The End of Men”. Provocatively titled but well researched)
The Commentator made a remark about how she worked when her child was small and then one of the pundits said “God Bless you for it.” The other pundit commented that his wife stayed home, and the Commentator said “And God bless you for it”.
What is this? A mutual sneeze fest?
It never quite strikes me as accurate to say that I don’t think that God cares if you work or stay home with children. I think God cares about everything we do. Perhaps it is more accurate to say that I don’t think of God the Heavenly Father staring down at me, wagging his finger. I think he cares about what I do in the same way that I care about the daily lives of those I love: because I am interested, because I want good for them, because I want to be involved.
The problem with adding the blessing the is problem of prosperity. We see actions as meriting reward or punishment. They do, of course, but I doubt that divine intervention often plays a part. Scripture reminds us that we reap what we sow. Invest in loving and caring relationships and you will have loving caring friends. Leave a smaller footprint on the earth and there will be more of it for you and others to enjoy. This isn’t God acting directly – this is the law of consequences playing out in front of you.
I don’t think God particularly blesses me for doing things. I don’t think God operates in the manner of a parent holding out a favoured treat – “Mrs. Spit be good and wait patiently while your heavenly father sorts out this war in Sudan, and then I’ll reward you with a nice, extra hot soy latte and a pair of shoes on sale?”
Really? Is that what we think of the Creator of the universe? He doles out good stuff to the good little boys and girls?
The discussion on Fox was particularly infantile – one of the pundits spent 3 minutes arguing well established science and research about the children of working mothers and I just don’t think there’s much you can do with that – there are none so blind as those that refuse to see.
I suppose when you can’t believe in a God beyond the one that doles out treats, basic sense and cause and effect and random chance cannot be part of your world.
I think I’ll stay with my omnipotent and omnipresent creator if you don’t mind.
He often doesn’t make sense to me. But then, He was never required to.