That’s a huge question with no easy answers.
But to find the answer we must look to what the Bible says.
Let’s get some things off the table before we tackle this. First, we need to disarm some false reasons being advanced by religious people.
It DID NOT happen because God was mad at people in the 1st Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.
It DID NOT happen because we don’t have enough gun laws. Sorry to disappoint, but that’s not the issue here. The problem is much, much deeper than gun laws.
SIDE NOTE: If gun laws were the real issue, why isn’t Chicago the safest place in America. They have the strictest gun laws on the books, yet they are one of the most violent cities in America.
It DID NOT happen because God controls everything so that means He must have wanted this to happen. That’s really bad theology. I’ll address this more in a minute.
Here’s a couple of things to consider:
1. We live in a fallen world. Sin didn’t just damage our relationship with God. It broke our relationship with each other, and even the planet suffers because of it.
2. There is a real devil. And it’s the devil who comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10)
Always remember, God is good. The devil is bad. So, if it’s good, it comes from God. If it’s bad it’s from the devil. Pretty simple theology, but we often miss it.
3. God is soveriegn but that doesn’t mean every decision, event, action and occurance is what He wants to happen. Quite the contrary.
This comes as a shock to most people, but it’s true.
Psalm 115:16 says, The heaven even the heavens, are the LORD’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
If you want to know why this shooting happened, you have to look at the human heart.
But why didn’t God stop it?
I don’t know. BUT…I do know that God has put mankind in control, so He is ‘limited’ (I hate that word when it applies to God, but for lack of a better term I will use it. Just keep in mind I am not talking about God’s power, but His self limitation in working on earth) in what He will do because He will not go back on His word.
This is why prayer is so powerful. We are asking God to do what God truly desires to do, so His power is released. We are partnering with Him to bring about His will.
John Wesley said, “God will do nothing but in answer to prayer.” Why? Because He has given earth to mankind to govern. When we pray, we are inviting His rule to come to earth.
I certainly don’t have all the answers. But it is amusing when people blame God, when they actually should should blame mankind. We are the ones messing this planet up; not God.
He is a good, good Father. Let’s keep that in mind.
J. Douglas Nolan
Oh yea…Here’s the link to today’s Wisdom Verse. Give it a watch… Wisdom for the Day…
J. Douglas Nolan