It’s been a terrible week. We’ve had 3 people die as a result of a bomb at the Boston Marathon. An earthquake in Iran killed about 34 people in nearby Pakistan. 26 people died in a Baghdad cafe blast and coordinated bombings in the country of Iraq has claimed over 40 lives . A fertilizer plant in West, Texas blew up taking about 35 lives with it. In all these, many were left wounded and maimed.
Where is God in all this some people ask. Many Christians rush to defend God. A defense is that man is on free moral agency, he calls 100% of his shots, and there are consequences to his evil deeds – rightly so. For example, if I make a decision of my volition, to drunk drive and someone gets killed as a consequence, why do I blame God? But God does not need to be defended anymore than a Lion does, He needs to be unleashed. He does not need our defense, He needs our witness.
The disciples tried once to place blame on man’s free will solely as the cause of evil, they asked if the sins of a blind man’s parents were responsible for his blindness. Jesus answered:
…Neither hath this man sinned , nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” – John 9:3
Can this thick darkness around us show that there is a light? Can all the evil happenings this week remind us that we are depraved and in need of a Savior?