By John Sleadd
God loves drama. He invented it. As the sovereign playwright, God has created a stage, a plot, actors and an audience to present a dramatic play according to His own script. The fact that you are reading my words right now confirms that you and I are both in the play. Our very existence is the will of God. He didn’t have to create us, but here we are. Please read on.
In the same way that I planned to write these words and then executed my plan, hoping to get your attention, God has authored the universe and all the events that take place in it, to get our attention. He is the executive director of the cosmos and he sets things up so that we might know Him.
God’s sense of drama is astounding. He has placed us on a planet that is a geothermic bomb orbiting a nuclear fireball. Surprisingly, He has given us the ability to destroy this tenuous habitat and all upon it with our own nuclear fireballs. How dramatic. What will happen next?
God is the king of drama. Thus I feel it fair to refer to him as Drama King. By this title, I mean no disrespect to His awesome deity. God is no drama queen, or egotistical, controlling matriarch, always seeking her selfish way, and upset about not getting it. Drama queens try to wrest control from others to have it all for themselves. Not so with Drama King. God begins with control, and never relinquishes it. He controls absolutely and immutably. (see Malachi 3:6; Numbers 23:19; Psalm 102:25-27).
How can this be? On a human level we know that Shakespeare controls all his characters and all their actions. They each exist according to the will of his creative mind. When Prince Hamlet ponders suicide, we know that his placement in the play, his soliloquy on suicide (whether to be or not to be), his choice of action, and the ultimate resolution of the plot, are all according to Shakespeare’s authorial prerogative. Likewise, God has the authorial prerogative to completely control his cosmic drama. Which is everything.
Drama King is infinitely greater than Shakespeare in the realm of writing plays. Shakespeare had to rely on his human parents to be conceived, and upon his creator God to make the first parents of humanity from whom young William owes his arrival. Therefore, Shakespeare is a secondary author, created in flesh and blood by God. God is the primary, creative author of Shakespeare. God relies only on His own eternal, uncreated, perfect and powerful self to create his drama. He is sovereign over all circumstances, over all things actual and hypothetical. All ends and all means are under the power of His creative domain.
I once considered myself a secular humanist atheist, owing my existence to time, chance and purposeless yet biologically advancing evolution. I abandoned this position for two reasons. First, the time/chance/purposeless explanation is cosmologically vacuous and provides no reasonable explanation for origins by first cause. Second, such an impersonal view is simply and pathetically un-dramatic.
My reasoning and experience tell me that if personal drama exists on the planet now (and it does), a personal, dramatic causal agent is necessary to produce it from the beginning. Flip to the front of your Bible to find Drama King setting His stage.
Drama King’s fingerprints are all over the universe. They’re all over you. In fact you bear His image. How dramatic. Do you know Him?
Psalm 115:3 “Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.”
Romans 11:36 “For from him and through him and to him are all things.”
Colossians 1:16-17 “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
Romans 1:20 “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”