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?

About Tim Suttle

Tim Suttle is a pastor, writer, and musician. He is the author of several books: Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church Growth Culture (Zondervan 2014), Public Jesus (The House Studio, 2012), and An Evangelical Social Gospel? (Cascade Books, 2011). Tim's work has been featured at The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Sojourners, and other magazines and journals. Tim is also the founder and front-man of the popular Christian band Satellite Soul, with whom he toured for nearly a decade. He has planted three successful churches over the past 13 years and is the Senior Pastor of Redemption Church in Olathe, Kan. Tim's blog, Paperback Theology, is hosted at Patheos.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02289110643212600386 Scott Stone

    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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02289110643212600386 Scott Stone

    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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10974397437648079481 Tim Suttle

    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?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02289110643212600386 Scott Stone

    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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10974397437648079481 Tim Suttle

    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.

    peace,


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