One of my favorite movies is Casablanca. There’s a great scene where Peter Lorre’s character Ugarte ask’s “You despise me don’t you?”, to which Humphrey Bogat’s Rick replies “If I gave you any thought I probably would.”
OK, that’s funny, but there’s deep theological truth there as well. People are arrogant and self-centered by nature. We view the universe as a movie starring us and everything in it is supporting cast. To every question we ask “So how does this apply to ME?”
The first step to a right relationship with God must begin with acknowledging God as God. The atheist C.S. Lewis said of his conversion “I gave in and admitted that God was God.” What irony. How self-seeking we are and how much better our life would be if we simply acknowledged that God is God.
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last