I read an article recently. The author wondered about Newtown and all the other instances of terrible injustice in the world and why a perfectly powerful and perfectly good God is not doing something about it.
Truth be told, I used to wonder about the same thing in the not-so-distant past. And I concluded that the reason why God’s not showing up is because he does not exist.
This kind of reasoning is simple and the conclusion is easy to arrive at because it appeals to our inherent human nature. We prefer to do as we please, but when we start facing the consequences of our actions, we subconsciously start looking for someone to blame. And when our search brings us to the mirror, we quickly turn around and try to find a suitable scapegoat. Ultimately, we blame God. It’s human nature to take credit for all the good and blame God for all the bad.
Scripture says: “The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to mankind.” (Psalms 115:16). So, if God were really uptight, he could simply write us off saying “If you break it, it’s yours to fix.”
Fortunately, God is very open to the idea of helping us. The problem is not many of us are asking Him to. And the reason we are not is because deep down we know we may not like his solutions.
In recent years, there has been a concerted effort to keep God out of schools. Prayers are banned. Plaques with the Ten Commandments, which also says “Thou shall not kill”, have been scrapped. And then we wonder why our children don’t know right from wrong.
We cannot be selective about when we want God to act and when we want him to back off. As it is, we don’t like His way…so we’re on the highway. Alone. And just so you know, God does mess with freewill.