Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other
gods before me. (KJV)
In a homeless camp near Washington DC,
there was a refrigerator. The refrigerator was old and beat up. In the
camp, the in the dazed, crazed, stoned, drugged, and drunken world of the
camp, the refrigerator was God. Nobody made fun of the refrigerator.
Nobody made jokes about the refrigerator. God the refrigerator was serious
business. The light inside the refrigerator was the thing. The light was
"on" all the time. The only problem was, there was no power
cord. Someone had cut off the power cord years ago. Then the singing
started. For reasons no one knows anything about, people who came close to
the refrigerator started singing. On a slow news day when the news beast
needed to be fed a human interest story, news people heard about the
refrigerator and came to see. A news story ran about the refrigerator.
Then the real circus began.
A lot of people said the refrigerator would
sway with music. After the news story ran, with hundreds of people coming
to the camp to see "Godfridge" as the refrigerator was called,
things were getting serious in the camp. As serious as things were
getting, there was joy and laughter. A local priest, minister, and rabbi
who got together for coffee and mostly donuts on Thursday morning decided
to put an end to all the hubbub regarding God the refrigerator. So after
donuts and coffee the three went out to the camp. What had been an
abandoned lot with trees, weeds, and bushes, was now teeming with people.
There was such a celebration going on with so many people, Godfridge was
hard to see. The homeless folk had sort of cordoned off space around
Godfridge so no one could touch it. The priest, minister, and rabbi did
get close enough to see the light was "on" and the door was
open. Now power cord was evident. None of the three clergy could explain
the light. The next day a strong gust of wind blew the refrigerator door
shut. Not a problem! The celebration continued. Some brave soul under
threat of death tried to open the door but the door was stuck shut. With
the door development, things seemed to even intensify. Some business
people from down the street offered to take Godfridge on a tour of D.C. A
large flat bed truck was rented and the refrigerator was put on the truck.
The tour was not announced. The truck pulled away from the homeless camp
and everyone followed. The further the truck moved away, the more people
followed. A few hundred quickly turned into several thousand or more.
There was joyful singing, shouting, and celebrating in the streets. Word
spread in a flash.
The joy came from realizing God was a
refrigerator. After all these years, all these centuries of doubt,
disbelief, and skepticism, now we knew. Whatever you wanted, all you had
to do was open the door and reach in. The best part was you didn't have to
do anything. All you had to do was join the joy of the moment. Believing
Within hours, the networks, wire services,
and the internet picked up the story. News flashed around the world. Every
half hour every media outlet carried an update. Millions of people from
all over the world were on their way to D.C. to celebrate with Godfridge.
Millions were not headed to D.C. to see the Lincoln Memorial, The Wall, or
the White House. Millions wanted to experience Godfridge. The whole world
had gone Woodstock.
As a result of the Godfridge mania, traffic
around D.C. was not moving. Phone lines were jammed to overload. Every
politico was dieing to get face time on any channel to be associated with
the refrigerator. Everything was in shutdown mode. The essential functions
of government were secretly transferred to another part of the country.
Goofiness reigned. Godfridge celebrations were breaking out all around the
Then on a Thursday afternoon about 2:30 a
shadow formed over Godfridge. No on knows where the shadow came from but
all of a sudden Godfridge wasn't rocking to the music any more. Suddenly,
Godfridge fell over on it's/his/her back. The crowd went silent. The world
stood silent. Godfridge wasn't rocking. The shadow vanished a few seconds
after Godfridge landed on it's/his/her back. A little boy in the crowd
spoke the awful truth. The little boy said "It died!"
Repairmen were helo'd in to see if
Godfridge could be revived. After inspection, the repairmen shock their
head "No." Godfridge had done a final flop-a-roonie. Crowds
dispersed. Satellite trucks drove away. Joy in the streets ended.
Godfridge was taken back to the homeless camp, set in its familiar spot,
and the door fell off.
Commentators, writers, theologians,
bloggers, and whoever else who had an opinion talked about the Godfridge
phenomenon. Here is my take.
From The Worldly Perspective
For many people, a refrigerator is a whole
lot more useful than God. For many people, if you can't go to God and get
what you want, then you can take God to the dump or consider God has done
a final flop-a-roonie, i.e., God is dead. What good is God if God isn't
going to give out? If you can't put your hands on God to reach in and get
a cold drink, who needs Him? If you can't name it, claim it, and get it,
who needs God?
From A More Godly Perspective
People need God. People are desperate for
God to be real in their life. Even for people who we consider to be people
of faith, even for them, God can best be conceived of as a person of three
dimensions. God is best conceived of as a person with width, height, and
length. To go beyond three dimensions with respect to God one has to have
the ability to conceive of an inkling of the infinite which we cannot
easily do. The reality about God is this…God is infinite. God has
infinite dimensions. God is timeless. God does not age. God does not keep
a clock next to His bedside. God does not use a calendar to tell what day,
month, and year we are in. God's power is infinite. God's creative ability
is infinite. God's wisdom is infinite. If we knew the truth, even God's
creations (His creations within His creations) are infinite. God is
hyper-dimensional and supernatural. God is not linear. God does not move
from one moment to the next because God is beyond our moments. Christ as
God walks with us and talks with us as well as doing and being infinite in
infinitely things in infinitely other places at infinitely other times in
infinite realities. We have no way to assess the magnitude of God because
we cannot assess or measure infinity. We cannot measure infinity because
we will not live long enough to do so. We know our time is limited but His
time is not. We can do some things. God can do anything, anywhere, at any
time. Indeed, it is easier to conceive of God as a refrigerator than
conceive of God. Christ came into the world so we would have a
three-dimensional idea of who God is. Sinful as we are, we crucified Him.
We crucified infinite love. We crucified infinite forgiveness. We
crucified infinite compassion, caring, healing, and creation power. The
lowest moment in human history was when we crucified Christ. The grandest
moment in human history was when He walked out of the tomb to give us hope
for infinite life with Him in infinite love and infinite time.
appeared in September, 2010, in the Virtual Church
web site at http://www.findthepower.com