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God In a Box

(©2009 Gary Alt)

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I was speaking to a Lutheran pastor some years ago, and when he insisted that God is a mystery and can't be understood, I countered that since Jehovah has taken great pains to reveal himself to us through his word, he is not a mystery to me and about 7 million others, although there are many things that we have all eternity to learn about him. He replied that "you can't put God in a box," meaning that we can't invent an understanding of him that's convenient to ourselves so that it all makes sense, as if we've done that to get around some collective mental aversion to mysteries.

He probably thought he was waxing intelligent, but I just laughed inside and said "Yeah, that's it, we've got God in a box because we're content to understand him." And this man is responsible for the spiritual lives of his flock! I immediately thought I would have to write a song about this foolish conversation, and here it is.

God In a Box

God In a Box

 

Confusion is king

Everything about him is a mystery

Wants you to know

Biggest snow job ain’t supposed to be

 

Open the book

Take a good look at what a name can mean

Love you to

See right through the smoke screen

 

And we got God

We got God in a box

Yeah we got God

We got God in a box

Wish it so

Feed your head in a fog

Then we got God

We got God in a box

 

Truth it denies

Pearls to the wise digging for yourself

You know his name

Who’s to blame if you leave it on the shelf

 

Heaven sent

I don’t invent ideals to suit my mind

Truth be told

I’m not bold enough to cure the blind

 

And we got God

We got God in a box

Yeah we got God

We got God in a box

Wish it so

Feed your head in a fog

Then we got God

We got God in a box

 

Excuse me if it all makes sense

I didn’t make it up

Elite is not my cup of tea

Drink from the open cup

 

And we got God

We got God in a box

 

And we got God

We got God in a box

Yeah we got God

We got God in a box

Wish it so

Feed your head in a fog

We got God

We got God in a box