In recent years my wife and I have begun to read a lot more food labels than we used to. As we get older, our health becomes more of a concern than when we were younger. Something that I have noticed is just how much added sugar there is in food nowadays. It seems that we need to have sugar added to make our food palatable.
The same seems to be true of our view of God. We want a sugar-coated God to make Him easier to take. There is a lot of talk in churches about God’s grace, but very little about sin and judgment. We are taught about forgiveness, but what about obedience and righteousness? Heaven is a favorite topic, but hell isn’t even mentioned.
Just as too much sugar in our diet can lead to serious health issues, trying to sugar-coat God can lead to serious spiritual health issues, maybe even spiritual death. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us that, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (NKJV)
We Christians need to take seriously the whole of Scripture, not just the parts that are sweet and easy to swallow.