My favorite mantra is God’s Not Dumb. In fact, this is the basis of all of my theology. Everything I believe about God begins with this concept firmly in place. God is not dumb. This passage in Micah proves the point:
9 Hear this, leaders of the house of Jacob,
rulers of the house of Israel,
you who reject justice and make crooked all that is straight,
10 who build Zion with bloodshed and Jerusalem with injustice!
11 Her officials give justice for a bribe,
and her priests teach for hire.
Her prophets offer divination for silver,
yet they rely on the Lord, saying,
“Isn’t the Lord in our midst?
Evil won’t come upon us!”
12 Therefore, because of you, Zion will be plowed like a field,
Jerusalem will become piles of rubble,
and the temple mount will become an overgrown mound.
The religious leaders in Judah were doing whatever they wanted, however they wanted, and trusting that they would be safe because the Lord was present in the Temple. They believed they could act in any sinful way imaginable and no harm would come to them because the Lord was in the Temple in Jerusalem. Yet back to the mantra, God’s Not Dumb. God knows our motives and the inner dispositions of our hearts.
The Israelites believed that because they had a special relationship with God that was inaugurated in the past, no harm would befall them in the future for present sinful actions. The rest of the Old Testament shows how wrong they were. It amazes me, therefore, when Christians today think that because they have a special relationship with God that was inaugurated in the past in their lives they will face no future repercussions for present sinful actions. In other words, there are Christians who believe that because they were saved at some point in the past they can sin all they want in the present and it will have no bearing on the future judgment because, “Hey, I accepted the Lord years ago.” God’s Not Dumb.
We would do well to learn from the Israelites’ mistakes and remember that the call to holy living is a permanent part of following Jesus Christ. After all, the only requirement Jesus ever placed on becoming one of his disciples was not “accepting him as personal Lord and Savior” or “praying a sinner’s prayer” but deny yourself, take up your cross daily, and follow me.