A state senator sues God
By Don Ruhl
That is not a halo on Nebraska state senator Ernie Chambers’s head. What he wants to do is not angelic! It is a fan.
According to an Associated Press article in the Grants Pass Daily Courier a state senator from Nebraska is suing God! The title of the article is, “State senator sues God over untold horrors to protest another lawsuit.” Here are the first five paragraphs,
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The defendant in a Nebraska state senator’s lawsuit is accused of causing untold death and horror and threatening to cause more still. He can be sued in the state’s Douglas County, the legislator claims, because He is everywhere.
State Sen. Ernie Chambers sued God last week. Angered by another lawsuit he considers frivolous, Chambers says he is trying to make the point that anybody can file a lawsuit against anybody.
Chambers says in his lawsuit that God has made terroristic threats against the senator and his constituents, inspired fear and caused “widespread death, destruction and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth’s inhabitants.”
The Omaha senator, who skips morning prayers during the legislative session and often criticizes Christians, also says God has caused “fearsome floods…horrendous hurricanes, terrifying tornadoes.”
He is seeking a permanent injunction against the Almighty.
This seems odd, but if you think about what people say about God, the senator’s lawsuit will not seem unique. Many people, even godly people, have problems with things God does. What is unusual is this man’s willingness to make a public statement about it.
A Frivolous Lawsuit to Protest a Frivolous Lawsuit
Do people make frivolous lawsuits? Is suing God a frivolous lawsuit? Nothing could be more frivolous and ridiculous than suing God. The PDF that I downloaded of the lawsuit has the title, “Chambers Versus God.” Do you ever want to see that in print about yourself? Does God have a right to do whatever He wants? Yes, He is the Creator! Listen to Paul’s argument in Romans 9, “But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why have you made me like this?’ Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor? What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory…?” (Ro. 9:20–23).
No one can win a lawsuit against God. He is righteous. We are sinful. Can an ant sue you and win? Who would even entertain such an idea? If the ant does not like what you do, squish him!
How can the state senator make his point against frivolous lawsuits by making a frivolous lawsuit himself? Are there other ways to protest the sue-happy culture of America? We can keep from engaging in them ourselves. We can continue to teach the word of God, because it teaches people to think properly. People who think properly do not make frivolous lawsuits. Let us have reverence for God, making sure that we teach the truth about His nature and His actions.
Does the Senator Believe in God?
I think Ernie Chambers does. Otherwise, he would not bring a lawsuit against God. Mr. Chambers is like Anthony Flew, the former world-famous atheist. Mr. Flew followed the evidence of design in the creation and concluded that there is a God. However, Mr. Flew does not like the God of the Bible, primarily the fact that He punishes. Mr. Flew and Mr. Chambers want a God in their own image.
Unfortunately, the honorable Mr. Chambers has a lopsided view of God. Does the Bible show God punishing or causing great natural catastrophes? Yes, the Flood of Noah is the best example. Does God only create disasters? God said to Cyrus, “I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the LORD, do all these things” (Is. 45:7).
God provides us with every good thing. Shall we say to Mr. Chambers what Job said to his wife when she only wanted the good things from God and not the bad? “Then his wife said to him, ‘Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!’ But he said to her, ‘You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?’ In all this Job did not sin with his lips” (Jb. 2:9, 10).
Our world, along with the senator, needs to spend some time counting their many blessings rather than their curses, for then they shall see that the many good things in their lives are more than the bad things.
What Is the Book of Job About?
Does not Job 23 show what angered Job’s friends? “Then Job answered and said: ‘Even today my complaint is bitter; my hand is listless because of my groaning. Oh, that I knew where I might find Him, that I might come to His seat! I would present my case before Him, and fill my mouth with arguments. I would know the words which He would answer me, and understand what He would say to me’” (Jb. 23:1–5).
The Book shows a debate between a man who wanted his day in court with God and the man’s friends who thought that the man was out of line for making such a request. How did God respond to the request for a day in court? God challenged Job to answer questions about the running of the earth. If Job could answer those questions, and do as God does, then God confessed that Job could save himself, “Then I will also confess to you that your own right hand can save you” (Jb. 40:6–14).
If only Mr. Chambers would read and consider those words now, before he meets God in the Judgment when it will be too late.
People Often Have the Same Complaints
Why do many people not believe in the Lord today? There are many answers, but think of one that relates to the issue here. They dislike His threats of, and His actual carrying out of punishment. They do not like how He deals with people, holding them accountable for their sins. They want freedom to live as they please, without any consequences. However, that is not realistic and a state senator ought to know that, because he makes laws to hold people accountable. In fact, he wants to hold God accountable. Is Mr. Chambers willing to be accountable to God?
Mr. Chambers and Thanksgiving Day
I wonder, does Mr. Chambers take Thanksgiving Day off or even celebrate during that day? If he does, why? For what does he give thanks and to whom does he give thanks? Oh yes, Mr. Chambers, there is a God and He is full of compassion and mercy toward you. He wants to save your soul.