Have you seen any videos from the devastation in Japan caused by the earthquake and tsunami’s? How many lives have been lost? How much damage has occurred? I am not sure anybody can even quantify the potential long term problems caused by radiation exposure. The disaster is enormous.
Some have responded with questions about God’s role in such tragedies. While Christian evangelicals fight and debate over Rob Bell and what it might mean for love to win, others are asking how a loving God could let or maybe even cause these things to happen.
So, let’s ask the question. How does God’s love fit in with this horrific disaster? Is he all powerful but not loving enough to stop it, or is he loving but too weak to do anything about it?
And now that I asked the question I will tell you that I am unable to answer it. Often people, both Christian and nonChristian, attempt to explain what God’s role in these things are. We end up saying stupid or horrible things. Case in point is Pat Robertson’s conjecture about the Haiti earthquake being punishment from God for voodoo.
Although I am unable to answer the questions, I still believe that he is both all powerful and that he loves us.
I do not want to minimize any of the suffering in Japan, but there is a tragedy that is far greater, that is more disastrous, and affects more people than what is currently happening there. This disaster was the Fall.
Our sin and broken relationship with God has caused more problems, death, and disease than anything else in human history. God made the world and said that it was good. And then sin changed everything.
To me his love is manifest in that he provided a way for us to be reconciled back to him. That he made a way of rescue. Instead of just leaving us to ourselves and then one day judging us for our sin, we can be reconciled to him. We can be justified and stand before him without guilt.
Not only did he provide a way, but he did it in an incredibly sacrificial way, through the death of his son.
As I pray for those affected in Japan, I know that God loves me, and I know that God loves them too. Salvation from this disaster and salvation from the disaster of our sin is possible, because of this love.
If we are to be imitators of God, then we need display a self-sacrificial love. How have you been able to share with others the love that God shows us?
Visit my new website!Thanks for stopping by. I have started a new blog about Living Better Stories that is updated on a regular basis. I would love to interact with you over there as well. JeremyStatton.com