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Weekly e-Gram for members and friends of Dublin Community Church

August 26, 2011

THUMBS UP

If you read anything online these days, most times there is room at the bottom of the article to “rate” it or to give your opinion or comment. Permitting people and their thoughts to battle it out online seems to be the order of the day. There is little talk of coming to consensus or quietly and thoughtfully considering two (or four or eight) sides of an issue.

Facebook allows for immediate “Likes” and dislikes. We tend to put our thoughts out there and let others immediately rate our writing and/or fight back. From the most complex of questions of society to the latest gossip of a Hollywood starlet, we quickly weigh in with our opinion.

I have some strong opinions on this notion of giving opinions to each and every thought process of every individual but I won’t bother at this time. What was brought to my attention recently was an Opinion Poll re-printed in the Christian Century magazine, which I read regularly.

The Poll was done by Public Policy Polling. I am not certain if that is a left-wing, right-wing, or whatever-wing polling group. I think they are respected, but I was intrigued to see that they polled American voters about “Rating God.”

Only 52% approve of “God’s overall performance.” 40% are not sure. 9% Disapprove.

There were questions like: “God’s handling of natural disasters”…”God’s handling of animals”…”God’s creation of the universe.”

In all four of the topics, God generally had an “Approval rating around 50% and “Disapproval” rating in the very low teens (the rest were “Not Sure”). I’d say that is pretty good these days, judging from how low we rate our elected leaders.

I suppose we have been “Friending” God for many years, but up to this moment, it never occurred to me to “rate” God. And yet, I prefer my God to be a mystery, rather than rated.

Peace, Rev. Bob Tussing

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