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Job 38:2

When I first heard the song ‘Paper Jesus’ by Staind, I wasn’t sure whether to burn the album or listen to it again. Since album-burning has, thankfully, gone out of fashion I listened to the song more carefully another time.  “A reason for your anger, it’s what I need, it’s what I need. To recognize the truth it’s what I need, it’s what I need. So burn your paper Jesus it’s what I need.” If the author of this song meant he needed his hearer to abandon religious pretense and unexamined dogma, I think Jesus might be adding the song to his iTunes playlist.

One of the scariest passages in Scripture is Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven… Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers.’” What is amazing about this verse is that these were people in ministry who claimed to know God and speak for Him, yet they didn’t know Jesus and had secret lives of disobedience.

Elihu is responsible for six chapters in the book of Job, and yet God Himself said he didn’t know Elihu in Job 38:2. He was also excluded from the forgiveness offered to Job’s friends in Chapter 42. Life is too short and eternity is too long to play games. Take a hard look at your Jesus and see if he’s made of paper.

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