You all believe you are willing to pay its price,
but who among you has truly suffered for the truth?
There is nothing but unrighteousness in your hearts,
making you think all people crooked and deceitful,
to the point where you believe that God incarnate
could be without kind heart or benevolent love.
You believe only God in heaven
can have a noble character,
is benevolent and merciful,
and such a saint can’t exist on earth.
You think earth is where darkness and evil reigns,
and so people entrust their longing
for the good and for the beautiful
to a God in heaven they invented.
It seems you worship this God in heaven,
and further, you adore lofty images.
You esteem those distinguished for their eloquence.
You allow yourself to be gladly commanded
by the God that fills your hands up with riches.
You crave the God who can fulfill your every wish.
The only One you do not worship
is this God who is not lofty.
And you hate the association
with this God whom none can regard highly.
The only thing you’re unwilling to do
is to serve this God who’s paid you nothing.
The only One who can’t make you yearn for Him
happens to be this unlovely God.
This kind of God can’t enable you
to broaden your horizons,
to feel as if you’ve found a treasure,
much less fulfill what you wish.
Why, then, do you follow Him?
Have you stopped to ask yourself why?
Adapted from “How to Know the God on Earth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh