Most, if not all, Christians on the internet or friends of Christians on the internet have received one of those “God is like Bayer Aspirin” things in a serial email, or have seen it on a blog. If not, here, here, and (my favorite) here are several versions of this stinker. After having just seen the t-shirt picture above on facebook, I thought it was time to post a rebuttal of sorts.
God is NOT like the Bayer Corporation, the makers of Bayer Aspirin and Alka-Seltzer because, unlike Bayer, God did not sponsor the torture and inhumane experiments perpetrated by the Nazis in World War II, nor did God hire a convicted Nazi war criminal as chairman (after he was convicted). Nor is God suspected of perpetuating Civil war in the Congo, doing illegal genetic experiments, or continuing to sell a drug that had deadly side affects despite the availability of research pointing out that fact.
God is NOT like the Ford Corporation because, unlike Ford and its founding president, God is not anti-Semite. He didn’t collaborate with the Nazis, or fund anti-Jewish propaganda. Nor is God being sued by the relatives of victims of the Argentinean “dirty war” of 1976-1983 for collaborating with the Fascist government, turning over dissident factory workers to torture camps, and using Ford motor plants as temporary detention centers at the behest of the government. Nor did God decide that it is more cost effective to pay settlements to burn victims in numerous lawsuits than fix the design flaw in one of Ford’s cars that caused explosions which resulted in those burns.
God is NOT like the Coca-Cola Company because God did not buy water rights in India and then not allow locals access to the water they need to survive, even though that country is one of the poorest in the world, and Coca-Cola sells their products to the richest.
God is NOT like Proctor & Gamble the makers of Tide and Bounty, because, unlike them, he does not release 350,000 pounds of toxic chemicals into the air annually. Nor does God test potentially toxic products on animals.
God is NOT like General Electric, because, unlike GE, God did not single-handedly contaminate 40 miles of the Hudson River and, until forced to by the government, refuse to clean it up. Nor did God subject employees and the general public to unsafe levels of toxic chemicals, or nuclear radiation.
God in NOT like Allstate, because, unlike that insurance company (and the vast majority of others), God does “routinely deny policyholders their full legitimate benefits.”
God is NOT like Henkel KGaA the makers of Dial soap because, unlike that company, He did not use Jewish forced labor during World War II to produce products.
God is NOT like General Motors, the makers of Chevrolet, because, unlike that company, He has not been accused of wide-spread corporate corruption, unsafe working conditions, or a host of other worker’s rights violations.
God is NOT like Maxwell House because, unlike that coffee company, God has not habitually exploited coffee farmers, paying them pennies on the dollar for their product, causing abject poverty and suffering.
In short, God is NOT like most multi-national corporations, because He loves mercy and requires justice, while most multi-national corporations love only money, and require only the bottom line, at the expense of God’s creation, and at the expense of millions of peoples’ lives and well-being.