Something new has happened in the 21st century that has infiltrated churches, Christian bookstores, Christian music, and Christian thought, and I believe it is one of the most detrimental ideas that faith has ever had, and it’s the idea of a ‘bestie God.’ As a Christian, every time we turn around, we’re being told that ‘God is our best friend,’ that you can talk to Him however and whenever you like, that He loves you unconditionally and that you should hang out with Him more than anyone else in your life.
While some of this is true – the Bible does say God is a friend that sticks closer than a brother – the idea of God as our BFF has weakened our Christian faith. You don’t see King David pulling out his harp and saying, “So yeah, God, hey; you’re my best friend and all, and it’s really cool that I get to hang out with you, so here’s a little number in your honor.” You don’t see Paul telling us to ‘hang out’ with Jesus.
We used to believe we could only go to God through someone else, and that changed – but now, the thought that we can sling our arm around God’s shoulder and friend Him on Facebook has turned what should be reverence, honor and respect into something weak and pathetic.
We’ve stopped worshipping at God’s throne. We’ve turned Him from an omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient King into a ‘best friend who’s just like us!’ and it’s chipping away at the foundation of our faith. Is God our friend? Absolutely. Does He love us unconditionally? Yes. Does He ever demand less than honor and glory from us? Not really.
You don’t take a selfie with the Creator. You don’t hang out and have fun with the King of Kings. You spend time with Him, you learn from Him, and you come to Him as often and frequently as you can – but you remain humbled. You bow before Him. You show Him all the respect and service and honor He deserves (i.e. all of it).
God is your Friend, but He is not your bestie. He is your Lord, your King, your Creator, and He loves you more than you can possibly imagine. On Sunday, we were asked to ‘give God a hand.’ God doesn’t need us to ‘give him a hand.’ Give Him your sorrow, your sins, your obedience, and your own humbled, human love.
Give Him what He asks for.