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CLARITY – 8-6-18 Siberia, Siloam or Switzerland


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-6-18


Siberia, Siloam or Switzerland


What’s Happening:  “Death is a fact of life…you’ll get no argument from the families of those aboard the Russian chopper that went down over the weekend in Siberia, killing all 18  ( or from the families of the 20 that were killed in a plane crash in Switzerland last weekend, a 79-year-old aircraft (  or from the 73 that were shot in Chicago (11 killed) ( Is there a point besides the randomness of these tragedies?”


Knee-Jerk Response:  “It was too cold or the plane too old or folks just just got in the way of bullets.”


Biblical Response:  “Perhaps…I’m sure those were contributing factors…of course, each event must be considered separately. To these we can add the countless people who died in car accidents or at a hospital after a last-hope procedure failed or whatever? Where was God in all this? Indeed, why do bad things happen to good people? Although I don’t pretend to understand God’s mysteries or purposes, I have learned a few things:


  1. We live in a fallen world (Gen. 3:17-19)
  2. Some things happen to us because we’ve brought them on ourselves (Gal. 6:7)
  3. Sometimes we are someone else’s collateral damage (1 Cor. 15:33)
  4. God is trying to say something to us (Job 33:14)


“Christians? Jesus’ teaching about the 18 that were killed when the Tower of Siloam fell comes to mind (Luke 13:4-5). Oh, that none of these calamities would befall us. Still, we have this promise from God: “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Rom. 8:29 NASB)”


Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we want to be sympathetic to the tragedies of others, we also need to realize You ALWAYS have an agenda; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”


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