Have you ever heard of the God card? Most likely if you are a Christian and have dated anyone in high school or college you have heard of and in fact played the God card. The God card is brought up in dating relationships and is used for a word that people have a hard time saying, NO.
Usually it plays out like this….
Guy: I like you and you are hott (well maybe not like that, at least that is what they are saying in their head)
Girl: Ok (is this how he is going to ask me out?)
Guy: Will you go out with me?
Girl: Well, I need to pray about it.
or if that is to religious for you….
Guy: You know I just do not think God wants me to date you anymore
Girl: Are you serious, but I love you so much and these last 3 weeks have been awesome
Guy: Ya, God told me that I need to get right with him
That my friends is how to use the God card. The chance to use God in case of emergency dates back to the beginning of time. Adam taught us the game and we have been following every since. Genesis 3:12 is the first recorded example of the God Card…”The women you put me with, she gave me the fruit.” Since those words were uttered we have been using God as an excuse for anything. Yesterday, I heard the God card played, but this time it was in a different way.
I thought taking the God card to the next level was impossible, needless to say it has happened and I have done it myself. Another version of the God card goes something like this…
Oh I heard that your wife left you, I will pray for you…
Yes, I can pray for you…
Just wanted to let you know, I have been praying for you….
At the surface these all seem very harmless (even to the point of you wondering if I am a heretic and criticizing someone for prayer) and really beneficial. But, the element of the God card is not far away. I have experienced each of these phrases said to me before. They happened at a time where we were having a lot of family struggles. At this time it only seemed appropriate for people to play the God card on us instead of caring. The God card can be tricky to see, but you do not have to look far.
The best way to see if something has God card written all over it is to think about the times you have played the game. I have said all of these phrases before, plenty of times. In fact, I have had great intentions in saying these words. The problem came when I never followed up on these sentiments and they just turned into a statement instead of action. That is the best way to finding the God card, usually it is words that involve God but have no weight to them. Any time a guy or girl says “God wants me to be single right now” usually reeks of God card language. These words are code for “I do not want to date you but am afraid to tell you that so I will use God.”
Or you find yourself promising prayer to others needs is usually holy code for I care but I do not care. All of these words are filled with such holy language, and yet take a Holy God and turn Him into an excuse.
I realized that I play the God card a lot. I think I do this because I underestimate the power of prayer and the power of God. It is natural to promise someone prayer, but it is very unnatural to follow up on that for the next week. It is natural to want to talk to God about your dating relationships, it is another thing to actually follow His words.
At some point I am going to run out of cards to play and start following through. But if you are like me, you know the feeling of having the God card played on you, I cannot imagine what God feels like having us use Him to play a game.