Why Doesn’t God Fix It?

Yes, Jesus could turn stones into bread and make sure no one was ever hungry again. But then we’d still live in a world where people had too much food and no reason to share with those who had nothing.

Jesus could heal every disease and remove sickness from the world. But we would still live in a world where people cared more about themselves than about the needs of others.

Jesus could step in and prevent every car accident and rescue every innocent child from hit-and-run drivers. But we would still live in a world where people cared nothing about the safety of others, took foolish chances with their lives, and abused alcohol.

Jesus could guide every bullet so that it always missed taking an innocent life. He could turn our guns into candy canes if He wanted to. But we would still live in a world where people wanted to kill each other.

Jesus could appear to everyone and prove that He exists right now. He could float through the air, appear on CNN, visit every human on the planet in person and shoot healing lasers of love out of his eyes. But people would still not love Him or serve Him.

Jesus has the ability to change things and circumstances, but what really needs changing is people and their hearts. 

Now, if we would simply follow Him and listen to what He says and put His words into practice, we’ll see that He’s really telling us the truth:

We really can enter the Kingdom of God right now.
We really can experience God’s perfect peace that passes understanding.
God really is with us – right now – and will continue to be, forever, until the end of the time.
God honestly will never leave us or forsake us.
God actually does love – and everyone else – us as we are, and not as we should be [because none of us will ever be as we should be].

God, help those of us who are called by your Name to really believe in your amazing love. Help us to receive your love. Help us to live and breathe and move and give and share out of this endless stream of living water that you pour into us – and through us – to a hurting world so in need of your refreshing love. 

Help us to admit, first of all, that WE need your love as much as anyone else does.
Now, help us to soak up that love that transcends knowledge and squeeze it out in every human interaction we have today, and every day. 
Until the whole world knows your love.

Amen.

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Keith Giles is the author of several books, including “Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics To Pledge Allegiance To The Lamb”. He is also the co-host of the Heretic Happy Hour Podcast on iTunes and Podbean. He and his wife live in Orange, CA with their two sons.

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  • Keith, I think you’d agree, a coercive God is not a loving God. Could Jesus “fix” everything instantly? Perhaps, but forcing change is not the same as lovingly allow us to choose to change. Like those who espouse “Open Theology,” I believe coercion is just not in God’s nature, love is, and God cannot act in a way that contradicts his nature of love. In Calvinist thinking, God’s love is coercive and selective. For the elect it cannot be resisted, as God’s will is omnipotent. For those not among the elect, God’s justice outweighs his mercy, which, it seems, is not without limitation.

    For Arminians, the takeaway is that God’s love can be resisted, and often is, but again the final solution is that God’s justice outweighs his mercy, and the majority will perish in the fires of hell. In either solution God’s love is never fully realized and his love is not unconditional. His admonition to love our enemies, is simply “do as I say, not as I do.”

    I do not pretend that I have all the answers to the problem of evil (in light of things like the holocaust, there simply are no words), but I believe evil and suffering are a “people problem,” not a “God problem.” One of the things the cross shows us, however, is that God suffers with us. Could God spare us from suffering and evil? Not without removing our freedom of choice.

    “Jesus has the ability to change things and circumstances, but what really needs changing is people and their hearts.” And that can only happen over time, and everyone has a different timetable. Thanks, good article.

  • Bob Foy

    You have seemed to learn the truth and the truth has set you free. Glory glory hallelujah, glory, glory, hallelujah, glory , glory hallelujah, his truth is marching on.

  • Bob Foy

    Love God, for He is good and His mercy endures forever, His mercy endures forever.

  • cgosling

    A non-existent god cannot fix anything. However, if a god (s) does exist, he/she/it/they is/are either evil, impotent, non caring for setting up this indifferent world of ours where the good suffer with the bad, the giving with the selfish, and the loving with the hateful. We cannot ignore reality unless we are cowards. We should live life to its fullest, help and love our fellow humans and nature, and die bravely without superstition and false hopes.

  • cgosling

    Love God although he is indifferent to our worldly suffering?