Over the last few weeks I have run into a growing number of people that are angry with God. Questions arise as to why God lets bad things happen to good people. How could a loving God allow unexplainable, life altering tragedies to happen to loving and caring families? I have noticed that these types of questions usually come from those who have knowledge of God, but have never had a real exchange with Him. They observe God through their predetermined understanding of who He is. They have sat in the “bleachers” on Sunday mornings, hearing the leader proclaim, “God is Good,” and then in unison all respond, “All the Time.” So naturally they believe that He will not allow pain and suffering to sweep the globe, especially to the “innocent.” They reason that if God allows “unjustifiable” tragedies to indiscriminately sweep the globe, something is wrong with the whole religious movement. Many of the people that do not go to church today were brought up in the church. The main reason they give for “dropping” out of the Faith, is disappointment with God. What this tells me, is they have not been taught correctly. People are taught every week by selected or biased truth instead of Holy Spirit directed Truth. God has been presented as the “puppet master” and the Christian as the controlled puppet. It is God who pulls the strings. Just when we face a battle, God pulls us up to safety and when the crisis is over, lets us down. Armed with these types of teachings, one is thrown for a loss when catastrophic things happen in people’s lives and God did nothing to stop it!
Our Country is a democracy, where we are free to make our own decisions. Our soldiers continually guard that freedom and are willing to defend it whatever the cost. Christianity is a type of democracy in that we are free to make choices. We can decide to go to church or stay home. We can choose to read our Bibles or let our pastor read it for us by way of a sermon. We can decide to pray spontaneously or read prepared prayers. We can basically be what ever type of Christian we want to be.
God has chosen to give us a free will wherein we decide the type of life we want to lead. I kind of wish it wasn’t that way, for man has a tendency to lean on his own understanding and acknowledge God only when things go wrong. The problem is that man’s acknowledgment of God is to blame Him! The Bible makes it crystal clear that difficult times will fall on Believers as well as non believers. (Matthew 5:45) No one is immune from the consequences of life, but as a Believer God will be there to see them through. When one looses a loved one prematurely, God will be there to bring stability to the shaken survivor. We must stop looking at God as only the “Great Preventer,” but also see Him as the “Great Sustainer.” We put so much into this life that we fail to focus on the life to come. We do everything we can to keep us on this earth for as long as possible and if for some reason life is interrupted, we get angry with God! Do we feel that we will never see one another in the life to come? Maybe that should strike a sense of urgency in making sure our loved ones have accepted God’s gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
I do not believe it was God’s initial purpose to allow man to pursue his own way, but through Eve and Adams decision to initiate self interest, the door was open for Satan to pursue his anti God agenda. Sin became the platform in which man jumped into the world to oppose God’s ways. Man looks to God as the villain and not to the rightful author of destruction, Satan. If one has to blame someone for the results of a sinful world, don’t blame God, but the one who wants to destroy goodness. I don’t understand everything about God, but with everything I have I trust Him. Instead of pressing charges against God for lacking intervention in man’s crisis, let us reach out in Faith knowing He truly loves us and will never leave us alone to face those difficult times.