I was forwarded this video with the question: Why does God allow children to die?
It’s definitely a tough question to answer, and one that cannot be flippantly discussed. In formulating a written respone, the words just kept coming and coming, so I decided to share them here on my blog.
I will admit, I wrote this after having taken part in a 4-day Christian retreat for men. My words are undoubtedly influenced by the sessions and conversations still fresh in my mind, but they are what I believe and what I hold to be true.
We are not born into a world of peace. We are born into a world that is in the middle of a battle between God’s love and affection for us and Satan’s contempt and hatred of God.
It is not the God allows these children to die. God does not promise us a life without pain or tragedy. What God does promise us is an eternity of peace once we place our faith in Him and once our time here on earth – on this battlefield – is done.
God also calls on us to fight for those who cannot. To reach out to the poor and sick and hungry. Sam Harris’ video is compelling and heart-breakingly tragic, but it is not God that is allowing the things that kill so many children to happen. It is we who allow it.
The human race has the capability right now to prevent malaria, famine, pneumonia, and measles. It is we who start and perpetuate wars. It is we who have the capacity to prevent and treat AIDS. Although I do not have a solid answer for Cancer, I can say that we as humans have created many of the environmental factors that cause Cancer.
So my answer is, do not be angry at God. Be angry at ourselves. We need to turn to God and ask for His wisdom and guidance as we seek solutions that will prevent famine and disease. Solutions that will end wars. Solutions that will prevent 1000 children from dying every hour.
These casualties are a result of us not standing up to the evils of greed and corruption. It is our responsibility to act. We are commanded by God to act on His behalf and for His Kingdom.
James 2:17 “So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.”
We see 1000 children die per hour and we feel that God has abandoned them. It is we who have abandoned them because we are living a life of passive faith. Every battle against evil matters, from standing up to corruption to renouncing the negative thoughts Satan plants in our heads.
This crisis will not be solved overnight, but it begins with us taking action through our faith in God and being relentless in our fight against evil (and complacency and greed and indifference).