The Weightlessness Of God


The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God.

~Psalm 917, NKJV


“It is one of the defining marks of Our Time that God is now weightless. I do not mean by this that He is ethereal {extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world}, but rather that He has become unimportant. He rests upon the world so inconsequentially as not to be noticeable.”

~David Wells

That seems like a rather harsh statement {quote}, but the world around us demonstrates its accuracy. While the number of Americans who classify themselves as atheists is growing, the vast majority of Americans claim to believe in a divine being of some sort. The majority out of that group claim to believe in the God of the Bible. A huge percentage of them would go so far as to classify themselves as born again Christians. Despite these claims the vast majority of people … “consider [God] less interesting than television, His commands less authoritative than their appetites for affluence and influence, His judgment no more awe-inspiring that the evening news, and His truth less compelling than the advertisers’ sweet fog of flattery and lies. That is weightlessness.”

Dr. Wells argues, convincingly I might add, that part of the reason for the weightlessness of God is that we have “caged” God. We have taken the sovereign God of the universe and have tamed Him. There are several characteristics of this tamed God. [1] He is a God who exists to meet our needs instead of our existing to serve Him. Think how few people who profess to believe in God, see Him as the sovereign ruler of the universe to whom we must surrender the rights to everything, even our very lives.

[2] The second characteristic of this tamed God is that He is a God who can become indebted to us instead of the Holy God against whom we have all sinned and His every act of kindness toward us is mercy and grace but never merit. We see this in those who turn against God during the hard times of their lives because God has failed them. In their minds they have kept their end of the bargain and therefore God is indebted to them and owes them a life that is basically free of trials and hardships.

[3] A final characteristic of this tamed God is that He exists to help us in our time of need and He makes no inconvenient demands of our lives instead of Him being the King of kings and Lord of lords who not only expects obedience and submission from us, but a loving obedience, and a willing submission to His will. This is most clearly seen in those who really take no thought of God until tragedy or hardship strikes, then they seem to be devoted for awhile until things get better. God does send hard times in our lives to turn us back to Him, but our “devotion” to God should become a way of life.

The parenthesis are the words of David Wells, the rest is from Stacy P. Ross. I assume he is a blogger connected to Hillsdale College but I was not able to confirm this. I am not a plagiarist and I wanted you to know that the above is basically copied and pasted. I did make a few editorial changes but only to make it easier for you to understand. Understand: God is immutable and is uninfluenced by our thinking or behavior. It is we who have changed in our thinking about HIM.


Thundering when I came to the office. I love rain but it seldom rains when I am in my office. I got all excited the other day and it rained for about 30 minutes and then quit. Hannah, Chloe, Titan and myself went to see Charlie play softball at Wilson Morgan last night. I can’t believe I use to work all day and then go play softball at night. I was too tired to watch last night and playing would have been impossible.

I hope you have a Good Friday and a good weekend. Thanks for reading the blog.

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