In Pursuit of the Justice of God
Atheists must contend with hard questions. If God doesn’t exist, how did our complex universe arise from nothing, and how did morality come from
Believers face hard questions as well. If an all-powerful God created and loves us, why is the world such a mess? Why do innocent people suffer? Why does a good God allow a deranged shooter to randomly gun down students at school? Why do certain individuals always seem to be in the right place at the right time, while others never catch a break? Why does God grant health and wealth to some, while others endure pain and deprivation?
Philosophers call it the problem of theodicy—how to reconcile the justice of God with the reality of evil. Heroes of faith like Moses, Elijah, David, Job, Jeremiah, and Paul pondered the same honest questions we ask: “Where are you, God? Why do you allow these atrocities? Have you forgotten us or forsaken us?”
God is just, but life isn’t—and we must not confuse the two. Jesus said, “I have overcome the world,” but he also predicted, “In this
Work for justice. Christians should lead the way in caring for the suffering and the marginalized. The prophet Amos declared, “Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5:24). Jesus criticized those who dared to “neglect justice and the love of God” (Luke 11:42). Will we speak up for the powerless, protect the innocent, and defend the weak? Will we summon the courage to confront bullies, challenge the abuse of authority, and speak out when government policies harm those who have no one to be their advocates?
Pray for justice. With
We live in a fallen world, but we are not powerless. In the pursuit of justice, let’s “always pray and not give up” (v. 1).
While I’m on study leave, I invited Dave Faust to share this excellent piece written for Lookout Magazine and published on July 8, 2018.