Theres not a lot to brag about when it comes to flying on Southwest Airlines. The planes are high mileage. Theres in flight service is basic. Forget about movies and in-flight radio. Theres no formality. The flight crew is super-casual. You typically fly into the older, less used airports. Southwest is all about no frills bargains. Its the Wal-Mart of airlines.
But Southwest Airlines has a way of making me feel great about flying on their planes. After the plane lands, a flight attendant grabs the mike and after announcing all the gates for connecting flights she will say, We hope you enjoyed your flight today. We know that you have choices when you travel and we thank you for choosing Southwest Airlines. Southwest Airlines may not give me the greatest airline snacks, but they recognize that I have the power to choose and they respect that. They make me feel good for choosing them instead of Delta, American, or Continental. Southwest knows that I am a customer and they are so thankful and appreciative of me. And they had better appreciate me or I may just fly Northwest!
Perhaps God could learn a lesson from Southwest Airlines. You see, God has always been in competition with other gods. In ancient times there were dozens of gods to choose from. Really neat gods and goddesses with cool names they went on adventures and had magic powers.
Well, were supposedly enlightened now and grown up past such beliefs. But there are still choices. Today one can choose different types of spirituality. One doesnt even have to have a god in order to be spiritual. So, God isnt the only option. God might think about the choices that people have and try to respect that. Maybe he should do more to greet us when we come to worship him and then send us out with a word of thanks saying, I hope you enjoyed your worship today. I know that you have choices when it comes to a Supreme Being and I thank you for choosing God.
But God isnt listening to Southwest or their marketing agents. No, God has the audacity to make the following statement: Exodus 20:2-3 I am the LORD your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery. You must not have any other god but me.
How on earth can God make such a statement? People do have choices, right? So why does God have to be so absolute?
Ten words arent simply for anyone to anyone to follow. Living them out begins by accepting that God chose us. And so these ten words are for those who accept Gods invitation to enter into an exclusive relationship the good news is that all are invited, but living out the ten words is the adventure that awaits those who dare to live in total dependence on God.
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