Posts Tagged perceptions of God
“What did you get on that hole?” the scorecard keeper asks. Your answer may not be as simple as just counting up your strokes. For many, this question immediately forces an ethical dilemma or sparks an internal wrestling match with one’s conscience. Do I tell him the truth– that I got “a snowman” on the short par 3 — to keep a clean conscience? Or is it better to save face and protect my ego with the guys, give a dishonest score and deal with the guilt later (when no one’s looking)? Or, better, why don’t I just try harder, screw up less and always be sure to get a respectable score every time? Like that’s possible.
Have you ever quit keeping score in the middle of a round? What’s up with that? Certainly that, too, is a defense mechanism to avoid the shame and humiliation that would come at the end of the round when you actually had to own up to your embarrassing score.
One spiritual mind exercise I occasionally engage in is to imagine Jesus along with me, taking part in a typical 21st century activity and seeing how he would act (e.g., Jesus in rush hour traffic, etc.). Play along with me for a second. What do you think it would be like golfing 18 holes at your favorite country club with Jesus (assume Jesus can get you free passes to any private dream course!)? If you’re like me, you’re already wondering if Jesus would use his divine powers and ace every hole with 500+ yard drives, whether he would walk across the water to retrieve your water ball, etc.
Yet, the issue I want to focus on in this imaginative exercise has nothing to do with Jesus’ divine swing, putting perfection and the like. Instead, I want you to ask yourself this question: What kind of scorecard keeper would Jesus be? Would Jesus be a stickler for the rules, allowing no gimmes and keeping close record of every single penalty? Remember, you’re probably not going to sneak anything by Jesus — like that secret “foot wedge” to get your ball away from that tree on # 12. Or, the classic litmus test to determine the gracious scorekeepers from the uptight, legalists: