Hey, about the buddy Jesus thing, you're right!
We cannot take God so buddy-like, that we forget that he is God. I attended John Bevere's leadership summit, and he explained why God doesnt always make his presence known. Meaning, sometimes we can walk into church and it is void of his presence. Because "it is impossible to please God without faith". He also said...imagine.. let's say the President walks into a room. Would you not stand up straight, brush your coat, and offer him a chair?
Well, when God walks in what would you do (I know I'd involuntarily crumple on the ground, I know how it feels when you're really near him lol it'd be amazing if you can still remain standing!) but... well knowing he's there makes all the difference. That's why God only manifests in an atmosphere of people who revere him. Like.. AHHHH the owner of the universe is here! *everyone falls on their face and trembles* But let me tell you that God, who preaches humility, has got to be the humblest, or he would not have deemed to walk earth as a man and as a carpenter.
The reason I talk to him "casually", is not because I do Not revere him. It is because he knows me better than I know myself, and I shouldn't even pretend to be someone I'm not! And usually I'm shouting in my head anyway.
When I talk to him usually I'm like GOD GOD GOD! HELP! I CANT FOCUS ON MY STUDIES! ITS WORLD OF WARCRAFT'S FAULT! Ok the thing is, it's not like God is gonna go: Your prayer is answered! Your craving for WOW has thus ended! Nope, it'd be like... I would dedicate that hour of study to God or something like that Because God wants us to have a spirit of excellency in all that we do, so I can make it an aim to try my best. Then I would open my medical book and look interestingly at a page full of medical jargons.. that otherwise might mean nothing to me, except that I know I'm understanding how God made us!
You know, when I'm feeling angry, moody etc, and I just can't stop using that swear word, I gotta tell God. Sometimes, I even go like GOD! Why did this thing happen to me its awful I FEEL @#$%^&*~ Some people may argue and say repent of doing that bad thing so you can stand clean before him, NO WAY! He's there so that he can help you through everything in life! Do you know that after Simon Peter denied Jesus 3 times, and then Jesus was crucified (Peter wept bitterly). Now, after Jesus came back to life, Jesus played a practical joke by standing on the beach cooking fish near where the disciples were fishing at sea. They did not recognize him at first, but when Peter saw Jesus, he jumped out of the boat and swam to Jesus. Now, wouldn't someone who has sinned run away from God? NO SILLY! That's what Jesus died for.
Do not hide anything you do from God, share it with him cos he knows anyway. (As in, don't be comfortable we should always be growing to be better people). As yet, I am trying to stop using profanities because I have learnt they are hurtful to people around me who are "feeling types" I tell Jaime all the time "You are fat" - not that it's profane, but it can be insensitive and since Jesus doesnt care that he's fat, I should just leave him alone.
Now another interesting thing about being frank with God, flip open to your bibles to Psalms. God annoints cute little shepherd boy, David at the age of ....13? is it? Someone check me. David is annointed, and the Holy Spirit rests on him all of his life.Then David starts writing the book of Psalms. Now let's fast forward ... at the end of David's life, it was written that "David was a man after God's own heart". However, interestingly enough, in Psalms, David's diary, he always complains "Lord, why are you silent"? etc. He even says OH LORD, help me my enemies are taking over me! Why have you not raised your hand to help me? He kept alternating between a song of praise, and a song of lament and despair. But read Psalms 150, the last song in Psalms (for most bibles. Do be aware Psalms 153 exists too).
Remember that David was the one man in the bible who sinned gravely, sending a man to the front line in war to die so that he could marry that man's wife. THAT was what angered God. (Think about it, David could have repented much earlier before.) If David was not sorry for what he did, could he have asked God for forgiveness? Remember that God is justice!
B.t.w, about "reverence", sitting around and singing songs like Koombaya and amazing Grace does not mean anything to the Lord, nor does standing stick straight at pulpits and "dressing well". Do you remember who was chosen as God's messenger? John the Baptist! The guy who was so eccentricly dressed, the bible recorded it. He had camel hair clothes, a leather belt, and locusts dangling from his teeth.
Then there was our church youth camp, the one Jaime got healed in. I mentioned it in the "Slain in the Spirit" thread. We broke a window during basketball, broke the trampoline with excessive jumping... (I've got da video on youtube if you want)
But hey, if we were bad kids, you had to see how God moved during our camp! He sees the heart and not the outward punk!