Do you set priorities? If so, what is your #1?
I’ve heard various forms of the claim that someone has, or that you should “put God #1” that it makes my head spin. Lucas, a friend of mine from Waco’s emergent cohort, says that God isn’t a priority.
I have to agree, Lucas, especially with this:
So many people in ministry say that their priorities are 1) God and 2) family. By God unfortunately they mean their particular ministry. This results actually in families being neglected and abused by ministers who let the church bleed them dry and take them away from their families.
In addition to people in ministry settings, I recall a lot of talk about “putting God first” among groups of divorced people working through their stuff together to find healing. Trouble is, we never got down to what, exactly this means. In fact, as I remember it, saying “I’m putting God first,” is basically offered as a trump card to excuse oneself from difficult questions about how one is dealing with others.
Lucas concludes that “God is not a priority. God is everything, over all, behind all and in all.”
I’m with you, Lucas. God is not a priority. God is everything.