Our hearts are saddened at this time over the events that have taken place at Virginia Tech today. 33 people have been killed and many others injured in senseless, godless, evil and cowardly act violence that took place at VT. Please, please remember to pray tonight for the victims, their families and our country.
- First thought: That is a fair question. It’s okay to ask that question. Somewhere we’ve been given the idea that if we ask why the innocent suffer, it is a sign of unbelief or a challenge to God. Not so. The Bible asks the question often. Even Jesus quoted the 22nd Psalm, as he hung on the cross, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” It’s a fair question. Not a question of unbelief or a challenge to God.
- Second thought: I don’t know. The Bible never gives an answer. I don’t know why the innocent suffer, but I do know that sandwiched up against the blackness of evil is the brightness of good. Ultimately I do know that God will not leave evil unanswered. I think there is a day coming when all of the crooked things will be made straight, all of the dark things will be made bright, and all of the innocent will be vindicated. I think that is what the cross of Christ is all about, and the resurrection is God’s declaration that eventually things will go right.
- Third thought: Good is God’s character and no matter what happens in this world, that can’t change. What I’m saying is you can focus on the good in God or the evil in the world. I hope you have found enough goodness in the world to choose to keep lighting candles instead of cursing the darkness.