August 13, 2011
It never ceases to amaze me how every time I’m in a meeting and someone says God instead of higher power there’s always at least one person that cringes or has something to say under their breath. And it’s not always newcomers, that’s the amazing part. You see, it’s become almost taboo because we don’t want to offend someone. However, God is mentioned in the A.A. steps and literature. We don’t push religion, we do push God! And yes you can call it whatever you want, but God is a non-denominational characterization of a power greater then ourselves, and without the recognition of that power we could not progress in our recovery.
In my opinion in and out of the rooms these days that is a large problem with society in general: Everybody is too afraid to offend someone, especially when it comes to the God topic. In the rooms, I do not push my religion but I do use the word God. And I’m not afraid to either, as it should be for everybody. I even say amen after we pray out! OMG! I’m terrible, right? I mean it is a prayer, isn’t it?
One of the beautiful things of our program is that you don’t have to do or say what I do and say. My program is my program and I know it would not work for everyone; therefore, I have God to draw on when it comes to giving it away, because really it’s his program not mine! Wow, did I just say that aloud? Get the pitchforks!
It’s true though. I mean, do you really think that two drunks all those years ago are the true creators of 12-step programs? Or that Jimmy K. didn’t feel comfortable in the rooms of A.A. for the greater good of millions of others for a reason? God has been pushing, shaping, and moving these things for a reason, and that reason isn’t to be pushed to the sideline and ignored. Let’s give our thanks and our gratitude where it belongs.
Bill W., Doctor Bob and Jimmy K. — great visionaries and truly caring people as they were — still were not gods, they were just mere men, and even they were created by something. Everything we see and touch was created by something at some point — even the keyboard I’m typing on now. With the keyboard I can trace its origins back to a factory, and then the material for that keyboard to another factory, and those ingredients back to another factory, and those back to some plant, and that back to the earth at some point. Well, where did that come from?
You see if we know that everything has to be created somehow, then why is it so hard for us to concede to the fact that there is a God? Because I know neither anybody nor I create some things, but they are there for me to see and touch. That’s the whole problem with the big bang theory is where did this “matter” that was just floating around in space that exploded to create the universe come from? It had to be created, and I know I can’t create it. Therefore, it had to be created by something more powerful then myself, something beyond my comprehension: God!