Exodus 3:2 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. 4 And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. 5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
God above all things is holy. Holiness defines His nature and character more than any other word used in the Bible. We tend to minimize, elevate other truths, and in some cases ignore holiness when thinking about who God is. If left to ourselves we’ll define God predominately by terms that bring comfort and security to us, especially if we seek excuses for our sin. We need to upgrade our concept of God and let the preponderance of Bible evidence define Him.
In Exodus 3:2-5, Moses sees a burning bush that didn’t consume itself. Fire purifies and is often a symbol of holiness. Moses sees it and when he turns aside he is instructed to take his shoes off for the place where he is standing is holy ground. With very direct and with words that confronted his condition, he was told, “Take off your shoes …,” or remove what is contaminated by the filth and dirt of traveling in this world. Think about this for a moment. In Moses’ case God did not usher him in and try to make him comfortable. God told Moses in as dramatic a way as possible that he couldn’t even approach God. What was communicated to Moses was that God was a holy God and there is something unacceptable in what you use in your normal walk that needs removed from you to approach Him
Yes, in the New Covenant we have been given access by grace and have boldness to enter into God’s presence. According to many today, though, it seems that the thing some religious leaders re-engineering Christianity mostly try to create is an atmosphere for people to feel comfortable in with God. The big focus and concern seems to be to create the atmosphere for “the people” to feel comfortable. Anonymity if you need it; no demands; something nice to fit into your preference, style, and taste for entering God’s presence; and words used about God and Christianity in a language that is at all cost non offensive to be sure to increase your comfort level. How contrary to what God did originally with Moses. The focus was not adapting things down to where Moses was living but Moses had to adapt up to the holy presence of God.
I’m sure there will be some opinions on this but I just am posing a few questions. Could we be injuring the image of a holy God by focusing on making people comfortable? Have we sold out to a method of ministry to adapting things down to where people are living?