Did God Tell You to Tie Your Shoes this Morning? The Micromanaging God

Father Andrew Damick at Roads From Emmaus writes:

“God told me to get up and tie my shoes this morning.”

With these words, my wife once described to me a kind of spirituality which baffled her. I must admit it baffles me, too, though I’ve had more exposure to it than she has.

And what does it refer to?

This 2008 post from fellow Antiochian priest Fr. Gregory Hallam in the UK (whom I visited in 2001) discusses the way some people talk about spiritual life:

To hear some Christians talk you would think they had a “hot-line to God.” They are so convinced that God is in daily, direct communication with them, to suggest otherwise would be to compromise on the glorious intimacy that faith and grace bestow. So overweening is this confidence that rarely do they stop to ask: “Am I hearing right? Is this God or Satan? Is this perhaps me talking to myself?” There is no room for such doubts on the hotline.

This way of speaking about faith is common among some American Christians, even among Christians raised outside the part of Evangelicalism which is the home of this sort of language—generally the Pentecostal/Charismatic world, but also throughout low-church Evangelicalism, including Southern Baptists, mega-church-goers and others. I’ve lived in the South several times, and while there I even heard both Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians speak this way, that “God was really showing me ________,” “The Lord laid on my heart that I should ________,” or “God told me that ________.”

God, it would seem, is something of a micromanager…

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Author: Father Silouan Thompson

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