“Why doesn’t God just make us all perfect?”
In January 1964 an episode of The Twilight Zone entitled “Number 12 Looks Just Like You” aired In which in a dystopian future everyone, upon turning age 19, must undergo an operation to become beautiful according to approved standards of perfection.
On Aug 2, 1985 The movie Weird Science opened in theatres across the continent. High-school geeks Gary and Wyatt are inept with the opposite sex and create a computer generated “ideal woman.”
On March 10, 2000 The Outer Limits featured an episode called “Simon Says” in which an engineer, grieving the loss of his son who perished in a car accident, constructs a robot that incorporates the memories of the deceased child.
We seem almost obsessed as a society with the notion of creating or re-creating our image in perfection. But none of these recreated ideals seem to quite make the grade. Perfection always robs us of something essential to our humanity.
When we ask “Why doesn’t God just make us all perfect?” we forget the reason God created us at all. God already had a heaven filled with perfect angels, “ministering spirits” ready at any time to do His bidding. But these we’re unable to provide that for which the Creator longed: a relationship with other free-thinking beings, beings who loved and interacted with Him not from design, but from desire.
Love always entails risk. The only perfect companions, it seems, are those with imperfections. The only perfect love relationships, it seems, are those where hurt and hate are also possible. So God made us perfect from the start, perfect with the power to choose.
We chose poorly.
Yet God has made a way to make us perfect again! “Why doesn’t God just make us all perfect?” That’s exactly what He is doing, right now, in you. As you come to the multiple crossroads and decisions that accompany each day, you make decisions. Decisions to move a little closer to or away from holiness. With each one you are changing.
God is at work within you too (Phil. 2:13). He is committed to seeing this transformative work get done (Phil. 1:6)… “from strength to strength” (Psalm 84:7), “from faith to faith” (Rom. 1:17), “from glory to glory” (2 Cor. 3:18).
“Why doesn’t God just make us all perfect?” He is doing that now. Our job is to work with Him until that day when the job is done.
“…now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2)
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