The title of our first book, The Insanity of God, has caused trouble for itself. Many people, especially those of us of a more mature age, feel that the title implies. The Insanity of God is the personal and lifelong journey of an ordinary couple from rural Kentucky who thought they were going on just your ordinary missionary. For The Insanity of God, Nik and his wife Ruth spent a dozen years interviewing more than persecuted Christians. Most of those interviews.
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It is just symptomatic of the modern church which seeks to place God the Father on our level so that we can relate better to Him.
The Insanity of God
God is not our buddy or mate, He is our Heavenly Father. We should have respect and awe the insanity of god His presence. Moving on to the story itself. As a novel it held my attention. The details are interesting and enough detail is given for the reader to be able to relate.
The book is really divided into two sections. The first section details the terrible experiences the author had whilst working in Somalia during the war.
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The author and his wife believed they were called to be missionaries and set off in the insanity of god to their call but somehow ended up working for an aid organisation where they were unable the insanity of god share the Gospel at all without putting themselves at serious risk.
I have read some criticism of the author for not sharing the Gospel with those who were dying. This is a difficult issue--it seemed to me that there may have been situations where the Gospel could've been shared from the author's descriptions of events.
He was traveling alone or with one or two others to remote villages where people were starving to death.
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His job was to report the situation to his organisation for future assistance. However, many of these people starved during the wait and some villages had to be abandoned as they were impossible to reach with the aid. I don't think it is the insanity of god to judge the author as it is not something that he had planned for and he had to consider the requirements of his organisation.
However, I can understand why he ended up in despair and wondered whether the work had achieved anything because sadly the answer is "not the insanity of god.
It sounds as if the author suffered from some form of PTSD--he describes the type of horror that I'm sure those who have served in the armed forces have seen.
The author then lost one of his children to an illness.
His family returned from the mission field at this point with serious questions about their callings and the insanity of god faith, understandably so.
It was at this point that they really needed wise counsel, support and encouragement. Somehow, the author's conclusion was that the great Commission was impossible in countries where Christians are persecuted.
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He re-configured God's instructions and decided that instead of telling people about Jesus in these countries and the insanity of god the the insanity of god, he would embark on a research project for 2 years. He would travel alone to countries where Christians are persecuted, interview people and then consider the findings of his research.
After what he had been through in Somalia and with the death of his son, this may have been a sensible course at the time and for the 2 year period.
But, surely the end purpose should have been to work out how it would be possible to effectively share the Gospel with people in these countries. Unfortunately, the author never reaches the stage of actually sharing the Gospel because he continues traveling and collecting stories for the rest the insanity of god his active ministry.
He writes books and makes films and apparently attempts to patent copyright a concept called Heartsongs. This is the practice of lifting up praise to God under persecution.
He discovered this practice during his research and for some reason decided to patent it!? What God would do such a thing?