Take That, the Trinity & You

Just to clarify: it is (allegedly) no longer embarrassing for a man to say he has listened to Take That. They have long left the stomach-churning genre of boy band and moved up the ladder of pop music into somewhere (a little) more respectable.

Have you ever tried to wrap your mind around the doctrine of the Trinity? Good luck. What is the importance of the Trinity? Why is this head melting, brain stretching, theological doctrine necessary to understand or comprehend? It’s agreeably a head-scratcher. But if nobody can fully understand it, then why bother? What does it reveal about God other than confusion? A question, you might say, that could only be tackled and answered by one of the top theologians or Christian thinkers of our day. Well, you’d think so, but . . .

When considering the Trinity, we need to keep in mind that God, in three persons, (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) lives in perfect community. This means that God gives and receives love perfectly, enjoys fellowship perfectly and is self-sufficient. God does not require any outside contribution.

In the 2010 movie Clash of the Titans, Zeus, top god on Olympus (played by local boy, Liam Neeson), revealed that he needs the prayers and love of the Greeks to sustain him, he fed on their prayers; but due to their unbelief and turning away from the pantheon of gods, Zeus and his brothers were slowly starving and dying.

“Man’s prayers fed the gods’ immortality.” (Io, Clash of the Titans, 2010)

Our God, the God of the Bible, the One True God is not like that. Our God does not require our prayers, our dependence or our love in order for Him to survive. God did not create the world, us and everything in it because He needed some way of expressing His love. In the Trinity God is complete. So that begs the question, as asked by David?

“What is man that you are mindful of him?” Psalm 8:4

God does not need us. However, God does loves us. Even though we bring nothing to the table (the best we have to offer being like “filthy rags,” – Isaiah 64:6) God still loves us. There is nothing we can do to make Him love us more and there is nothing we can do to make Him love us less (He already loves us in spite of our failings).

And this is where Take That come into play. God had everything He required within the perfect relationship of the three persons of the Trinity. But still God created the universe, He created the earth, He created everything on the earth, He created humans, He loved humans, humans turned away from God and He still loves us. He pursued us. He created away for us to mend our broken relationship with Himself, He shared His love with us, even though we didn’t deserve it, even though He didn’t need to, even though it would have been fair for Him to forsake us, yet He loved us. And as Take That sung in their Beautiful World song Ain’t no sense in love:

“You’re not the one that I need, but you’re the one that I want.”

It’s incredible. God doesn’t need us. Not at all, not one bit. We are nothing. As David asked, “What is man that you are mindful of him, and  the son of man that you care for him?” But yet God is extravagant in His love for us. God cares for us, God wants us to be in a relationship with Him and most of all God does “not want anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” – 2 Peter 3:9. It’s amazing: the God who is love wants to share that love with you, not out of necessity but out of a desire, simply, so that you can experience it.

Your’e not the one that God needs, but you’re the one that He wants. Makes perfect sense to me.


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