October 6, 2017

The Las Vegas Massacre: Where Was God?

Sunday, October, 12017 was a dark day in American history planned and executed by the depraved Devil's puppet, Stephen Paddock. In the Las Vegas Massacre, the worst mass shooting in American History, Paddock killed fifty-eight people and wounded hundreds of others who were enjoying an open air concert. Undoubtedly, Paddock's loathsome act prompted some people to ask, “Why doesn’t God prevent human suffering?”

In her newest book, Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?, author Rhoda Janzen writes: 
“None of the world religions promises fewer problems for people of faith. In fact every major world religion observes that suffering is inevitable and constitutive. We suffer as part of the human condition. Think about it: If we didn't suffer, would we still be human?"  
God created us as free moral agents who are able to move toward him or away from him as we choose. Within each of us are the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence.  For some few, the result is evil beyond our comprehension and belief.

In response to unimaginable tragedy, people also ask, "Where is God?”  The answer is apparent to people of faith. God is in the same place he's always been, ready and waiting to comfort and support us. In times of trouble, God is right where we need him, readily available to lift us up and touch the hearts of others who help us ease our pain.  

We gather strength from our faith in the Lord. Let us be bold in our witness and our belief that God can heal all wounds
  The Lord upholds all who are falling, And raises up all who are bowed down.
Psalm 145:14