Friday, February 18, 2011

The Influenced and Affected God?

Following the question on ZigZag yesterday here are a few thoughts.

The debate about God being influenced or affected by humanity is well-known today. My wager is that God is not changed by humanity, but that he communicatively acts out of his covenant trajectory for the whole world. This does not mean, on my account, that God does not relate to humanity contextually; he does, though God is not contextual. That is, God is already, within his covenantal being God, a God who has, is, and will take the context of humanity into consideration when communicatively acting for his ownself and for the world. God’s character and actions remain related and distinct, yet God comprises them both in who he is.