I’ve been jokingly called emotionally repressed, but I think that’s just because I’m not a fan of emotional manipulation in churches. Canned stories and situations designed to bring tears to your eyes tend to make me roll mine.

If God Is Dead

But at home, it all comes out. Watching this video of Ben Folds really moved me. Maybe it’s because I’ve been reading about Nietzsche lately and how his ideas form the foundation for much of what my friends think they believe. But they only believe it inconsistently. Nietzsche was right, if God is dead you may be able to sleep with whomever you choose, but gone is the gift of creativity and the joy of collaboration in art.

It’s true that there is no law if there’s no lawgiver, but it’s also true that there can be no gifts if there is no gift giver. Our culture has made a fool’s trade. We have sold the family cow for magic beans, and there is no beanstalk to climb.

The Gifts of God

If God is dead, then watch this video and let the accidental combination of sounds and random visual phenomena play against the backdrop of evolutionary history embedded in your genes bring you temporary pleasure. However, if you are a child of the living God, this is but one of his gifts in an endless ocean of delights that cannot be overcome by the sufferings that sin has brought into our world. One day he will come for you and take you to be with him and all of those gifts will pale in the light and glory of the Giver.

So you can watch and be thankful.

Brian Bowman

Brian Bowman

Brian Bowman is the pastor of Valley Life | Tramonto, the first Valley Life Church planted in 2012. He planted his first NAMB church in 2004 in Portland, OR. Brian also writes for the Send Network Blog and Acts 29.