In response to the recent disaster
caused by the tsunami, many people have become vocal in their
criticism of God. One writer recently suggested that we all
"boycott God." She suggested that if we all stopped praying,
stopped attending church, and stopped praising him, that he would
be so discombobulated that he just might stop killing so many
people in these tragic disasters.
Friends, I find it interesting that
God's critics will criticize him for failing to intercept every
"evil" action or thought, but consider what would happen if God
chose to intercept every "evil" action or thought? Would God not
equally be criticized for that? Imagine if every time someone
began to speak evil, God gave them laryngitis. Or imagine if
every time someone tried to commit an evil deed, God temporarily
paralyzed them, keeping them from their evil. Or imagine if every
time someone wanted to write something evil, whether it be gossip
or blasphemy, God dried the ink in their pen. Do you think God's
critics would relent in their criticism?
You see, God is not being treated
fairly by his critics. If he allows evil, he is criticized. If
he acted to stop all evil, he would still be criticized. In view
of this, maybe the problem is not with God, but with the unjust
criticisms directed his way. Give it some thought.
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