Tuesday, January 06, 2009

When do you say God is Good?

Nate, over at "The Jesus Paradigm" has a great post titled "Delivered unto Suffering". Short, sweet, to the point. Here's just a taste, but it's worthwhile to go in to read the entire thing.

I'm going to go out on a limb here. There is never, ever a time when you are able to define God's character and intent towards you based on what you see in your life. (Even though that radio preacher I once heard said "if you don't care, God doesn't care.") Because if the "best life now" that you have is proof that God's smiling on you, then he must be frowning on those in pain. Too bad for them. Those Christians with a testimony of "illness, homelessness, and persecution, to be followed by further persecutions, beatings and death in anonymity?" God didn't like them as much because of something bad that they did, and now they're gettin' theirs. "That's right, young, starving African woman that was raped and now has AIDS. Clearly God's favor is not upon you because you screwed up really bad." This is now what runs through my head when people say "God is good" after they got a raise at work...

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