Saw this on Facebook today:
A six-year-old Scottish girl named Lulu wrote a letter to God: “To God, How did you get invented?” Lulu’s father, who is not a believer, sent her letter to various church leaders: the Scottish Episcopal Church (no reply), the Presbyterians (no reply), and the Scottish Catholics (who sent a theologically complex reply). He also sent it to the Archbishop of Canterbury, who sent the following letter in reply:
Your dad has sent on your letter and asked if I have any answers. It’s a difficult one! But I think God might reply a bit like this –
‘Dear Lulu – Nobody invented me – but lots of people discovered me and were quite surprised. They discovered me when they looked round at the world and thought it was really beautiful or really mysterious and wondered where it came from. They discovered me when they were very very quiet on their own and felt a sort of peace and love they hadn’t expected. Then they invented ideas about me – some of them sensible and some of them not very sensible. From time to time I sent them some hints – specially in the life of Jesus – to help them get closer to what I’m really like. But there was nothing and nobody around before me to invent me. Rather like somebody who writes a story in a book, I started making up the story of the world and eventually invented human beings like you who could ask me awkward questions!’
And then he’d send you lots of love and sign off. I know he doesn’t usually write letters, so I have to do the best I can on his behalf. Lots of love from me too.
Well, I liked reading this today and it set me thinking: I think cleverness is a wonderful thing when it is combined with a heart for the Lord and for the least. On its own clever theology is not theology, or certainly should not be considered such by Christians. After all, how can theology, “the Knowledge or Study of God/the Divine,” be divorced from the love of God as demonstrated here and by Jesus who wanted the little children to be allowed to come to Him? Perhaps a theologian or scholar or preacher who has not tried to answer the theological questions of a six year old is not worth reading or listening to. Perhaps a church that does not hear or respond to such questions is not worth attending, more lost than the lost, more in need of the mercy and forgiveness of God than it may realise, if it is to enjoy a future and a hope.
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