"Why didn't God stop this from happening?" A phrase I'm sure we've all heard and or said. Over the past week, I've had a few conversations about the world we live in. Some of it good and other conversations revolved around the trouble in the world. I want to pass along a phrase I shared with the FPAM crew:
"You're not going crazy. You're going sane in a crazy world."
Keep this phrase close. We'll double back to it.
Why did I share this with the crew at FPAM? For me to answer this question, we will have first to attack the first phrase in the beginning, "Why didn't God stop this from happening?"
Let's be upfront and frank. God did stop (INSERT WHATEVER TRAGEDY HERE) from happening. God came to earth in human form and made the ultimate sacrifice. He died for our sins. He paid our debt. He set us right before God. In doing so, he left us with a choice:
1. Turn from your evil, selfish ways and commit your life to Christ
2. Live out your life apart from him.
Aside from the conversation I've had over the past week, I've also seen a couple of Facebook posts in the past few days. One, in particular, stood out to me. It showed a picture of a man at a rally, and the caption said, "Why didn't God stop the trigger on the gun if he can see it happening?"
Back to being upfront and frank. God did stop it. I know! You're going to ask me, "How did he stop it when it did happen?!" The said person pulling the trigger choose to live a life apart from Christ.
Back to our phrase, I told you to keep close... they were going crazy in a crazy world. They were fulfilling
selfish needs. Desires to take life into their own hands and deal out forms of punishment for whatever wrongs were committed against them.
Let's give them the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they heard the gospel and were following at one point in time. Who knows, but we do know that when a person chooses to act out any form of hate towards their neighbor, it's an active act of living apart from Christ.
Christ redeemed us for His glory, thus furthering His kingdom. A life committed to Christ is a life of understanding, grace, strength, unconditional love. This life does not lead to acts of hate towards neighbors.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
God of All Comfort
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
But what about your last post on religious abuse?
Again, there are people doing things in the name of the Lord, but they are acting outside of a life committed to Christ. They are manipulating His word for their gain.
Christ would never hurt one of his children, and a person who is a Christ ambassador would never want to hurt one of their brothers or sisters.
8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in man.
We must operate under this premise: we are sinful by birth due to the act committed back in Genesis 3 when Adam and Eve choose to live outside the calling of Christ. The wages for this sin was death and still is today, but fear not! Christ set a new covenant by sacrificing his life and paying the ultimate price - clearing our sins and setting us right before the Lord.
2 Timothy 1:7
7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Do you still have the phrase handy... "going sane in a crazy world"?
Christ offers sanity for our lives as we live in a crazy world. We are all sinful, and so we must fight! Fight every day for Christ! Receive His grace, understanding, unconditional love, and direction. By doing so, we can operate sanely amongst a crazy world.
Don't hold this sanity for yourself. Share it with your brothers, your sister, your friend, neighbor, co-worker, classmate, etc. If we want crazy to stop with, have to focus not on the problem at hand but the solution that lives in us - Christ! Focus your eyes on him and watch as he brings about comfort, guidance, strength, grace, and understanding.
I Am the Resurrection and the Life
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”
Live for His glory... Succeed for His kingdom!