Serving with Eyes Wide Open

I’m reading this book right now and it’s literally ruining my day… This is a story from chapter one.

“Sadly, young mothers such as Isatu Turay in Sierra Leone are not an anomaly in the twenty-first century. Isatu and her husband were living in a refugee camp in Sierra Leone along with their four young children. One morning heavily armed men entered their house and demanded all their possessions. The rebels became upset when Isatu and her husband had only thirty thousand leones (local currency) to give them. On the sopt the rebels killed Isatu’s younger sister who was also living there and brutally murdered Isatu’s husband right before her eyes.

Isatu gathered her children and fled from the refugee camp into the bush, where she ran into another group of rebels who were lining peopl eup and chopping off their hands. Isatu says, “I was praying heavily, and then my two-year-old daughter started to cry. They said the child was causing lots of noise for them. One of them took her from we while another dug a hole to bury her alive. I could not do anything, and my baby cried until she died.”

I’m undone…what the hell are we doing?

"Donald isn’t. Paramount to you. I want to be able to feed my family."

Finding Integrity on the Political Right
"So, Hillary and Donald were champions of workers' rights?The paramount issue, which none of the ..."

Finding Integrity on the Political Right
"You want to be on all sides of this argument, are you by chance a ..."

Finding Integrity on the Political Right

Browse Our Archives

Follow Us!

What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment
  • The inability to make sense of anything is sometimes overwhelming. I read a book call ‘A Dirty War’ some time ago about Sierra Leone. To this day if I think about it and try to understand it I just become incapacitated.

  • Tim,

    Your post made me think of another book that I’ve read and was curious about your take on it. Evil and the Justice of God by Tom Wright

  • Hey Scott,

    I have not read that yet. I’ve referenced it and it’s sitting on my shelf, but I’ve not yet read it. Why did it remind you of that?

    Also, what are you up to these days?

  • I guess I had gone through a contemplative period trying to figure out why there is so much evil and pain in the world. Probably pent up guilt. It’s pretty good over here and when you see what is going elsewhere, noticing the human tragedy all around, you start to look for an answer. In my arrogance I thought that all theological questions could be answered intellectually. Hence the search for answers and I came upon the book by Wright. Your post brought me back to that time and book.

    What have I been up to? Just living it out. 4/5’s of the family are great. My daughter and I have been doing the college tour and found a home for the next four years. Man I’m getting old. Still trying to find time to take a few classes. I may just pack it in and jump with both feet. How are you and the family? Must be exciting times.

  • Hey Scott,

    Wow – college? I was doing some yearly planning and wrote in my calendar Nick’s 1st day of kindergarten. I felt like something inside me was dying. I turn 40 this year and couldn’t care less, but it makes me unbelievably sad to see my kids grow so fast.

    The problem of evil is difficult. I think you are poking around in the right place, though. NT Wright has thought deeply about the issue. He deals with it in such a way that doesn’t destroy human freedom – that’s what I think the reformed view does – nor does he retreat into a safe agnosticism.

    I’ll post an MP3 with a debate he took part in. It’s pretty enlightening.