God Did Not Make Us to be Robots
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:7 (ESV)
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” – Psalm 139:13-16 (ESV)
Some might see the Robot Baymax as something Christians should aspire to be. He’s soft, squishy and lovable. He is always there to take care of Hiro and in a sense, risks his own life to keep Hiro safe. In one scene, Hiro falls out of a building and Baymax wraps his arms around him to protect him from the fall. Baymax’s actions look heroic and even self-sacrificing. But here is the thing – Baymax can only do what he is programmed to do. He explains to Hiro that he cannot feel pain nor does he have feelings. He doesn’t have to think twice to do daring deeds. He just does them.
God could have made us all like Baymax and many would agree that life would be easier if He had. However, God wants his children to love and serve Him because they want to, not because they are programmed to. Self-sacrifice isn’t easy and is a lot more work in real life.
In addition, many feel that Christians are never to have a bad day, never to be in a bad mood and never say the wrong thing. Baymax wouldn’t. But we are not Baymax. Yes, we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” but we are fallible, we have emotions and we make mistakes. That’s why when we do the right thing for the right reasons, it means so much more.