A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-16-18
Then There Were Three
What’s Happening: “First, there were wildfires, then devastating mudslides, now the cleanup and the 20 dead – four missing has turned to three with the discovery of 53-year-old transient John ‘Jack’ Cantin and his dog Tina in Ventura. The mudslides have damaged or destroyed 500 of the 3,200 homes in Montecito, California (https://www.yahoo.com/news/latest-president-trump-monitoring-california-mudslides-171853755.html). Although much of the water has receded on highway 101, Jim Shivers of California’s Highway Transportation Department said that cleanup crews were only recently allowed in to focus on removing the debris. ”
Knee-jerk Response: “Imagine the terror of wildfires, only to be followed by mudslides!”
Biblical Response: “That was tragic, for sure. Still, it may not have been all that different for ‘Jack.’ He went from homeless to…well, homeless. At least he wasn’t of that number (20!) who were killed by the recent mudslides. All tragedy may be local, but the whole nation should be grieving.
“Christians? Almost everyone will experience a devastating loss during their lifetime, but we can be thankful that God is never caught off guard by these events. Jesus even tells of one such tragedy in the New Testament (Luke 13:2-5). He said it was not always the result of their own sin. The are four basic reasons for calamity; 1) our stupidity – sinful or otherwise 2) someone else’s stupidity – sometimes we are the ‘innocent’ victims (read: collateral damage) 3) living in a fallen world – the repercussions of what Adam and Eve set in motion are incalculable or 4) God is trying to show us something (or 5: some combination).Still, God is just as upset about it.”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, help us to correct the things we can, comfort others where we can, and quit blaming You for every bad thing that happens (Really? ‘Acts of God?!’): in Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent
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