Do not blame God for our broken world
Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them – do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” – Luke 13:1-5
Christians in diverse parts of the world are constantly being persecuted, simply because they call upon the name of Jesus Christ and call themselves Christians. Some of the places where this is happening are Afghanistan, China, Egypt, India, Nigeria, and the Sudan. Christians in these countries are jailed and, in many cases, murdered because of their faith.
In many parts of the world little children go hungry and die. Families are without. They just cannot get ahead of themselves. They go to bed at night and wake up in the morning in the same pathetic condition.
One may ask the question, “why would God allow such things to happen?” This is a heart-wrenching question, which has been asked for centuries.
During biblical times, many of God’s prophets and servants suffered great abuses. Job, a man of God was stricken with disease, he lost both his family and wealth. Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers. David was abused by his father-in-law, Saul. Elijah and Jeremiah suffered at the hands of their kings.
The above text speaks of two tragedies which had taken place in Jerusalem during Jesus’ day.
In the first, a group of Jews from Galilee had made their pilgrimage to Jerusalem to offer their sacrifice when they were killed by Pilate’s soldiers.
In the second incident, a watchtower had crumbled and fallen in Siloam killing 18 innocent bystanders. Siloam was the area of Jerusalem where devout Jews went for cleansing and purification. Jesus healed a blind man at the site of the pool of Siloam.
These incidents gave reason for the people to be suspicious and they feared that God was meteing out punishment. However, in the text, Jesus says, this is not so. When bad things happen to people, it does not mean that God is bringing judgment upon them.
Scripture tells us that God “causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” God did not create evil and suffering.
Sin which is a rebellion against God, came about because of man’s disobedience. We live in a terribly sinful world. It is not God who does evil things. We humans do it to one another.
Jesus points out that the evil things of our world are not calamities from God. However, he says that we should look at them and get our lives in order.
We should because we do not know when the Lord will call us away from this life. Don’t look at the things that are happening around you, look at your own life and serve God. Hopefully, by serving God, you can help relieve some of the pain and suffering in the world.
Even though we tend to blame God for the bad which exists among us, he shields us against them. God gives us the strength and solace to cope with the evil in and around our communities.
• Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at The Lutheran Church of Nassau, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas, or telephone: 323-4107; E-mail: l[email protected], Website: www.Nassaulutheranchurch.org.