I try not to just post other people’s thoughts here. Although – if we are honest- very little of our thought is original regardless of who we are. We all reflect what we have read, heard, experienced over our lifetime.
One of the enduring questions for people of faith is “why do evil things happen?” Sometimes it’s easy to ascribe it to an individual’s mental health or personal evil the cause for some tragedy. But then things like the tornado this week strike it’s hard to blame an unbalanced individual or evil intent.
If you’ve read this far, I hope you will click the link to Rachel Held Evans’ piece on this question – it is worth the extra moments to read and consider:
I can’t say why children and adults died in Oklahoma. I can’t tell you with certainty how God figures in the chain of causation that led to the violent storms that devastated the towns and people of that area.
But I can say that the God of light and life did not bring this day of darkness:
“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.”
(1 John 1:5 NIV)