When God Seems Unjust

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Have you ever felt that God is acting unfairly or unjustly?  Looking at the world can create a disconnect between who we believe God is and what we see Him doing.  We believe that He is good, just and fair; yet when we read the news, we see an unsettling lack of goodness, justice, and fairness in the world.  If God is good, why evil?

Perhaps a tragic circumstance in your life has created for you a dissonance between who God is and what He is doing.  After all, He is completely sovereign over everything that happens, including tragedy and hardship (Prov. 16:33, 21:1).  Why do His justice and compassion not compel Him to step in and right the wrongs happening all around us?

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Charleston, Race, and Christian Responsibility

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I felt numb as I read the news of a church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.  Not only had a young man heartlessly shot 9 people at a Bible study, but his racial motivation was explicit.  During the shooting, he stood up and declared that he was there “to shoot black people.”   After his arrest, he made no effort to conceal his disgusting motives; he plainly told investigators that he wanted a race war.  Though violence of any kind is horrific, it is the blatant racial hatred that motivated this shooting which makes it so difficult for me to comprehend. Continue reading