How Could I But Love You?

Our team sang this song in service last night. We've ministered the song a few times. The first time I ever heard it was when at New Life Wesleyan Church , but the words took on new meaning for me last night.

My pastor just started a new sermon series, which is the Christian response to the recent holiday billboard campaign launched by the American Humanist Association. Their slogan is, "Why believe in God? Just be good for goodness sake." In their own words,

"the purpose isn't to argue that God doesn't exist or change minds about a deity, although "we are trying to plant a seed of rational thought and critical thinking and questioning in people's minds." The group defines humanism as "a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism, affirms our responsibility to lead ethical lives of value to self and humanity."
Last month, the British Humanist Association caused a ruckus announcing a similar campaign on London buses with the message: "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."

Our sermon series is, "Why believe in nothing? Just be good for Heaven's sake!"

I reflected on the two phrases and the way they contrast. Clearly one offers subjectivity; the other, life altering truth. All our answers, our hope, our comfort, our joy is in God, yet so often we think we know best. I thought about how mankind has become so enamored with themselves and their own intelligence that many have indeed, "exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creatorβ€”who is forever praised. Amen." (Romans 1:25 NIV) Be good for goodness sake... Well what is good? Does this mean then, that there are different "goods" for different people? Who decided what is good enough? This way of thinking makes it all relative - what a scary thought!

I marvel at the prominent, influential figures out there who denounce God in favor of human intelligence, money, power, position or try to lump Him in with a bunch of other beliefs... I ache for those who, when tragedy strikes, unknowingly opt to mourn as those without hope with nothing at all to cling to. I'm in awe of those who presume that somehow dependence on God is a sign of weakness, when I know it to be the ultimate strength.

Personally, I could not have survived the difficulties in my life without the presence of God to help me through. I would not be the person I am today without the saving work of Jesus Christ that started a transformation in me from the inside out. There are many things I'd never understand without the help of Holy Spirit who is my wisdom. On the most basic level, I wouldn't be breathing, my heart wouldn't be beating, my limbs wouldn't be working, I wouldn't be writing - without Him. There's nothing good in/about me that I can take credit for, rather it's all because of Him.

Thinking about all of this and all that God is to me my heart sings out these words:

1. How could I but love You
My Savior and my God
How could I but love You
When on the cross
You were the servant of all
How could I but follow You
When all Your ways
Lead to freedom and life
How could I but love You
My Savior and My God

2. How could I but love You
My Comforter my strength
How could I but serve You
When in this life
You've been so faithful and true
How could I but follow You
When someday soon
You'll open Heaven for me
How could I but love You

My Savior and my God

How could I but love You
How could I but serve You
How could I but follow You
My God

Β© 2000 Integrity's Praise! Music (Tommy Walker)

This Christmas season, my prayer is that those who don't know Him would meet Him and come to love Him especially those responsible for this campaign. I pray they would know that God loves them, gave His life for them, and offers abundant life to them that is theirs for the asking. Isn't He something? How could I but love Him?