The news has been especially disturbing the last couple of days and weeks. Malaysian Flight 17, the ground war in Gaza, the continued tragedy of kidnapped girls in Nigeria, the details in the tragic death of Mandy Matula. And that is only the biggest headlines on TV or threads to follow on Facebook. It doesn’t seem to matter if it’s people in the Ukraine, Israel and Palestine, Nigeria or right here in Eden Prairie we sure can make a mess of things. At some point you’ve got to ask the question that I’ve often been asked which is; “Why does God let these kinds of things, which are the cause of so much death and destruction happen?”
Well, one answer is that God doesn’t let this happen, we, that is we human beings, have a capacity to do horrible things. If God is in any way a part of these events his presence comes in picking up the pieces of shattered lives and disturbing times. I do not believe that God goes around with his finger on the buttons that send off missiles or rocket launchers or is behind the wheel of tanks. It’s not God who does something unspeakable to someone who is helpless. It’s not God who pulls a trigger. God has gone around our world we Christians believe in the presence of Jesus Christ. And what Jesus’ life showed us in the end is that God knows the suffering in our lives, the disturbing horrific times in which we may find ourselves. And God is willing to help us redeem these times.
Redeemed is an important word for Christians to become familiar with. It means that our lives and even these times we live in can rise from the depth of this capacity we human beings exhibit, what we shy away from calling sin, to something different. Redeemed does not mean that there is always something good coming out of or from something that seems so contrary to good - even evil. It means that there is the possibility that when we human beings are inspired to nurture a desire to work in collaboration with God, when we become more interested in picking up the pieces; a life, a tragedy, a conflict, a time can be transformed, renovated, restored, resurrected to show what the creator of all that is and shall be has intended.
Keep the Faith!