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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Thoughts About Suffering

I have a quote on my blog that says,
"If I were to ask God why He lets poverty and injustice exist, why there are so many orphans and why He does nothing about it, I am SURE He would ask me the same ..."
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I have a few friends going through some very hard times.  I personally have been through some very difficult times in my life, and they were times that were so hard, I thought that the Lord didn't care.  You want to know why?  Because nobody else did. 
God was not immune to hard times himself.  In sending His Son, Jesus Christ, He LIVED hard times.
He was born to very poor parents, attested by the fact that they brought two doves to sacrifice after his birth. Only the poorest would sacrifice a dove.  Scripture says that Jesus was despised and rejected, and he certainly understood injustice.  In fact, if ANYBODY can understand injustice, it would be Him.  He who knew NO SIN, died a criminals death, based upon a factless trial, where he was set up and betrayed.

GOD understands the sting of hardship.  He went through it.  And even more incredible, was that He died for you and for me, and took upon our sin to himself.  And He did it willingly.

One of the concepts that you will find in scripture is that GOD DOES NOT LIKE injustice, and he does NOT like it when people persecute other people.  Many of the judgments in scripture related to Israel had to do with the squandering of the blessings God had given them, where they had everything materially, yet did not care for the poor, the orphan or the widow. 
We have been studying the book of Amos for the last few months at our church.  Our Pastor, Justin Wheeler is an amazing teacher. The theme that comes across in Amos., over and over and over again is:
YOU CARE for the poor, YOU be just, YOU be kind, YOU love.... and you remember Me! These are commands that were not heeded.  There was utter ruin to follow due to not heeding the WORD of warning that God spoke through the Prophet Amos.
There are so many correlations in that little book that seem to directly relate to us.  We live in a land of prosperity and indulgence.  There are those around us who have great need and we ignore them.
There are those who need our kindness and we do not show them kindness.  There are those who need us to care, and we do not.
God wants us to acknowledge Him in all things, and we don't.   As a nation, we are not much different from Israel during the time of Amos.

In fact, we may be worse..  I cannot bear to see a commercial for Pepsi or  for cosmetic companies, knowing they are using aborted baby parts to test tastes, and to use for cosmetics so old people can keep from having wrinkles.  Dead babies are sold as commodities because their collagen is so valuable.
We make a big deal about saving  dogs, whales and any number of other animals, yet we don't honor Human life.  We have cosmetics labels  that proudly tout, "No animal testing"!  Really, well what about human testing?  And what about using HUMAN cells and collagen??? 
On Christian Radio, CHRISTIAN RADIO, the New Year's resolution commercials were about getting new faces, or a smaller butt,and don't forget the lazer hair removal, because it will change your life.... as if ANY of those could qualify as a resolution!
I looked at a few videos last night of Orphanages in Ukraine.  DYING ROOMS.... Children systematically STARVED TO DEATH and workers standing over them smiling for a picture as if that was something normal!  None of them looked like they were lacking any food.... Most of them were down right LARGE.... couldn't they give some of their food up for a starving baby under their care?  There were 12, 15, 17 years olds the size of INFANTS.....
WHAT IS WRONG WITH US?

The problem is overwhelming and so very big.  There is a world of suffering all around us and we hide from it.  We don't want to see it or know about it, because it may cause us to have to take action. 
There IS a reason we still have orphans. THERE IS a reason we still have poverty, and that we still have suffering. There IS a reason that our elderly are treated poorly.  The REASON IS NOT GOD.... It is US.
We need to blame ourselves and STOP pointing the finger at God.

Why does God allow suffering?  Time to ask a different question.... Why Do YOU ignore it?
And as Amos says, "God WILL hold us accountable"

Micah 6:8-  He has shown thee, Oh man! What is good and what the Lord requires of thee.
But to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God."

1 comment:

Kelly said...

ohh, how I like this post. PREACH. IT. SISTER!!!

Seriously, you are on the money. Love it. Kelly

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