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Imagine you had a coworker who was a nice guy, easy to work with, easy to talk to, and everyone knew he was cheating on his wife. So here’s the question: is it any of your business to say anything about that? What do you think? Personally, I don’t know… For myself, I think I’d ask about it, but it wouldn’t be my place to say anything outright. Okay, second scenario: what if you knew the wife and you were friends with both the cheating husband and the spouse. Would you say something to the wife? Or say something directly to the husband? And imagine you ask a coworker friend about this and he/she says “what someone else does to be happy is none of my business…” So what would you do? Just one more scenario: what if the wife, who was your friend, came to you knowing about her cheating husband and begged you to talk to him? Would you say something then?
I would. I’d be obligated to. But I’d tread lightly, trying to be as understanding and considerate as I could be… realizing it’s not my business, but that because I know the situation, and because I was asked to, I am involved in some way. Refusing the wife’s request would mean I’d have to turn my back on her too.
Here’s the deal with God and other people. It’s none of my business what other people do to be happy, and how other people relate to God… that’s between them and God, I’m not part of it. But God is asking me to go talk to him as an understanding third party. To help make His case understood, to explain the grievance and the problem… The problem for lots of “good” people is this: we are like neglectful husbands. We don’t talk to him or care about him, and we seek our fun elsewhere. But we get all upset when dinner is not on the table or the laundry isn’t done: “God why are you doing this to me?!?!” When communication breaks down, sometimes it helps to have an understanding third party come talk to the person…