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“Three Dollars Worth of God”
(a poem by Wilbur Rees, an American pastor)

 

I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please.
Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep,
but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk
or a snooze in the sunshine.
I don’t want enough of God to make me love a black man
or pick beets with a migrant.
I want ecstasy, not transformation.
I want warmth of the womb, not a new birth.
I want a pound of the Eternal in a paper sack.
I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please.

 

This short but provocative piece of prose raises some relevant points.

The person described in the poem seems to desire

 

Comfort: don’t disturb my sleep or my snooze in the sunshine. The cozy womb is better than being challenged by life, thank you. He wants Disneyland not Bibleland.

 

Complacency: don’t ask him to go the extra mile to get alongside people who are different (people of a different race or class) or who are in need (migrants, jobless, homeless etc).

 

Control: carrying God around in a paper sack means you are in control, not God. He is at your beck and call, disposable when you don’t need Him.

 

Can God be quantified and regulated according to my whims, according to my comfort level, according to what I want? If so, I have usurped God as the lord of my life.

Charles Swindoll: “We don’t want to dump God entirely, just enough to keep Him at a comfortable distance. About a sack full of the Almighty, that’ll do it. A sack full, nothing more. Just enough to keep my guilt level below the threshold of pain, to guarantee escape from eternal flames. I mean, come on, you don’t expect me to change my life, do you?”

The apostle Paul replies in 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” All of my life must be surrendered to God completely. He is Lord of all, or not at all.

Pastor Graham

BCC Vision

“Like a tree planted by
streams of water,
which yields its fruit in 
season” 

(Psalm 1:3)

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