A Southern Pastor: Only One God

That is why you are so great, Lord God! No one can compare to you, no god except you, just as we have always heard with our own ears.

2 Samuel 7:22

My God is the one true God. Unfortunately, I am not the only one who believes that my God is the only one true God. And that fact has been the most divisive element in human history. Wars, hate, and genocide have all occurred in supportĀ of the belief in one God.

What if we are missing the point?

Christianity, Islam, and Judaism all trace their origins to a single man, Abraham. Many of our stories, parables, and laws are also more similar than different. And all religions borrow traditions from ancient indigenous faiths of all the continents. If we actually believe that our sacred text is to be believed, and in fact there is only one true God, then shouldn’t we see this scripture as a command to find unity under that one true God rather than use God as a source of division?

The reality that there is only one true God should be the greatest argument for a move toward all inclusiveness in religion. Our mission should be to reveal what God shows us in our hearts to the point that anyone who searches for God will see God in us. Hate, intolerance, violence, and war do not reveal God. Only love and compassionĀ reveal the God that Christ commanded us to follow and share.

My prayer for you today is to see the fact that you follow the one true God as a command to reveal him through both your words and actions, and maybe more importantly, search for God in every single one of God’s creations. May the fact that there is only one true God become the strongest argument for all inclusiveness toward all God’s children in your spiritual life.

Many Blessings!

Melanie Tubbs is a professor, pastor, mother, Mimi, and true Arkansas woman. She lives with nine cats and one dog on a quiet hill in a rural county where she pastors a church and teaches history at the local university. Her slightly addictive personality comes out in shameful Netflix binges and a massive collection of books. Vegetarian cooking, reading mountains of books for her seminary classes, and crocheting for the churches prayer shawl ministry take up most of her free time, and sharing the love of Christ forms the direction of her life. May the Peace of Christ be with You.