God’s Vantage Point vs. Ours
I think it’s common—and it’s common because it’s natural—to think that when we sin and we’ve done something wrong, that we incur guilt and that God’s not pleased with us. We have a conscience. God made us that way. We have minds informed by the word of God and we know who God is. We know that he’s holy, he’s just, he’s righteous. And we know that we’re not.
And so when we look in the mirror of God’s word and we feel the implications of our conscience, when we do things wrong, it’s natural to think, I’ve messed up and I’m ashamed of myself.
In He Is Not Ashamed, Erik Raymond takes a close look at the “family portrait” of God—filled with imperfect people throughout Scripture—and shows that God is not repelled by their shameful past, but delights to redeem and receive those who believe in him.
So what we end up having is a vantage point where we’re looking at the way that we think…