Where was God, part 2

The words of God, brought to you, commercial free, by the prophet Isaiah, 45:7:

I form light and create darkness,
I make well-being and create calamity,
I am the LORD, who does all these things.

In case there are doubts, here is the same thought from the prophet Amos, 3:6:

Does disaster come to a city, unless the LORD has done it?

As for the Minneapolis bridge collapse, or any other disaster that does not seem directly attributable to human malfeasance: God was there, just as always. God created all that is. He created the good. He created the evil. How these two supposedly opposing forces play out in human history keeps us all guessing, to the point that we sometimes confuse one with the other.

Those who attend one of those Churches of the Fluffy Bunny, were “God is good” is bleated, as though God’s love for us is only valid so long as we are comfortable, safe, and well-fed.

This Christianity Lite is served up with the notion that all people are intrinsically good, and that our sins aren’t really sins; I’m ok, you’re ok. It’s all good. And never is heard a discouraging word.

The cross should disabuse us all of the notion that God’s love is some sort of cosmic comfort food for the soul. God’s love very much includes bridges that collapse; and men and women who, of their own free will, inflict pain and suffering on others. No, there is no balm for us in Gilead (Jeremiah 8:22); we are as the pagan Egyptians were: having turned away from the Lord.


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