Shootings in America and Nairobi, a suicide bomb in a Pakistani Church: “The problem of pain” is a theme that comes up every time something nasty happens in the world. How can a good and almighty God allow this to happen…? It’s an unanswerable question, of course, although we keep trying. But in the end you either stop believing in a good and almighty God – or decide to believe that somehow God will make sense of the whole mess in the end. But if we can’t answer that question – how about the ones we can answer? Tim Suttle turns it around – and asks how we as Christians can respond in hope to a world that seems just as full of pain as ever.
We believe that it is now possible to draw our life not from the past or present – where evil, violence, racism, selfishness, brokenness, pain, death, and decay rule the world – but from the future of God, where love rules the world. Because God’s future has broken into the present, it is now possible for us to embody that reality right now. That’s what it means to be a part of the church.
I think this is one of the best things I’ve ever read on the subject, because he shifts the focus from theodicy (complaining about God “not doing his job”) to responsibility – our responsibility as a church and as individuals to embody God’s love and hope in the world. So please read the whole thing here: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/paperbacktheology/2013/09/a-pastors-response-to-the-washington-navy-yard-shooting.html