A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-27-19
Why Bad Things Happen
What’s Happening: “Australian Cardinal Pell was unanimously found guilty on all five counts of sexual assault and taken into custody Wednesday (the court could not reveal the Dec. 11 verdict until Tuesday due to a suppression order Judge Peter Kidd lifted. He will be sentenced at some future date pending his appeal. The 77-year-old Vatican adviser maintains his innocence (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/judge-begins-sentencing-hearing-for-australian-cardinal/2019/02/26/5732e960-3a2f-11e9-a2cd-307b06d0257b_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.6aab3dc63e5a). ‘There was an element of brutality to this assault,” Judge Kidd said, ‘It was an attack. It spoke to his state of mind that he thought he could do this and get away with it.’”
Knee-Jerk Response: “There’s a hot place in hell for him.”
Biblical Response: “True…if he’s really guilty and does not repent…I’ll leave that sentence to God, where it belongs. There is another question I want to deal with. Was God asleep? Did He not know what was going on in the changing room?! Why do bad things happen to good people? Many who have been the victims of similar acts…or of some personal tragedy like the unexpected loss of a loved one or a tornado or some physical problem that caught them unawares (by the way, I’ve experienced all of the aforementioned) are similarly mystified. The scripture in Ps. 121:4-5) says ‘He never sleeps or slumbers,’ so that’s not is. Then why?
I’ve been able to discern four possible reasons:
- We live in a fallen world (Gen. 3). God’s just as upset (though not as surprised) as we are.
- We have received the due recompense for our sin (Gal. 6:7; Rom. 3:23; Rom. 6:23).
- We are just the collateral damage of someone else’s stupidity….but it may turn out for our good (Rom. 8:28).
- God is trying to tell us something (as in Job’s case); sometimes the only voice we’ll hear is circumstance..
“Christians? All this is not to say God is not in control. Isaiah 46:10 tells us ‘He sees the end from the beginning.’ We just make judgments from our misleading snapshots of the present…God uses a time-warp video camera. There is a difference between the temporal and the eternal . Does that mean we understand what God is doing? No; it just means we should trust Him for what we don’t understand.”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, help us not to be too quick to judge, but not too reluctant to judge when the evidence is overwhelming; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”
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