Faith in God is a slam dunk. At least it should be. The Psalmist said that “the heavens declare the glory of God . . .” Case closed. Yet and still there are those who stare at the evidence and still call white black and up down and right wrong.
Sometimes my faith may be weak, but I still believe. And so I struggle with people who don’t believe in God. It’s not even those who don’t believe; it’s those who REFUSE to believe. It’s those who have a failure to launch and have failed to take a leap of faith. Despite all of the evidence to the contrary, some simply say there is no God.
A slam dunk is a sure thing. It’s a given. It’s a fait accompli. It’s something you don’t even have to think about or muse upon. And that is what faith gives us; the surety of the power and the presence of God. Yet for those who insist that faith alone is not enough, then reason is and has a rightful relationship to fidelity; in other words, reason is a rational relative that is a friend of faith.
Thomas Aquinas understood the meaning of “Slam Dunk” long before the term was coined. Aquinas “developed what has become a traditional view of the relationship of reason and revelation. There are some truths about God that can be learned through human reason and others that are known only through the divine revelation.” In other words, we can learn about God, and God can school us about His ways. But his omnipotence and his omnipresence and his omnipotence are a slam dunk.
And so the next time you doubt things can or will work out, just remember Zach Lavine, winner of the 2015 NBA Slam Dunk Contest at Barclay Center in Brooklyn, NY. And for us old heads, remember Mike’s signature slam dunk or LeBron’s legacy lay downs from yesteryear. It might not seem like it’s going to work out, but if you trust in God and place total trust in Him, for our Heavenly Father, solving our situations is as sure as a slam dunk.