I’m not very good at grilling. I burn the meat, forget to get the propane filled, flip the burgers too often. But there’s a world of difference between grilling and being grilled. Jonah might have felt he was on the bar-b-que as the pagan sailors cast lots to discover whose fault this storm was. We read that “the lot fell on Jonah.”
But instead of executing him, they pummel him with questions: “Who’s behind all this trouble? What kind of work do you do? Where are you from, anyway? What’s your country? And from what people are you?” These five questions must have felt like daggers in Jonah’s heart. He seems to have no alternative but to tell the truth.
What is the truth that he tells? “I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” That’s about as ORTHODOX as a statement can get! Jonah doesn’t lie. Perhaps he spoke these words with great pride, not realizing the absolute contradiction his behavior was to his beliefs.
We certainly don’t do that, do we? If you would like, give one area or issue in the Comments section below in which Christians are verbally orthodox but practically heterodox. (to be continued)