Now all those assembled have been around church circles most of their lives. Through the years we’d all been exposed to various theologies and philosophies attempting to explain this age old question. Here are a few of the answers we came up with:
- We are reaping what we’ve sown
- We’re out of God’s will
- There's a lesson we need to learn
- It’s warfare, a spiritual attack
- It’s the effect of our sin
- It’s the effect of someone else’s sin
- It’s demonic payback or backlash for our good deeds
- The injustice experienced creates an opportunity for Divine justice
- A combination of the above explanations
My guess is that you could add a few additional items to this list.
So, here’s my point, when bad things happen – do we really know why? Do we know with a definitive certainty why it happened? I think not. If we’re uncertain why bad things happen to us, then we’re even less certain why they happen to others. That uncertainty is a very good reason for grace. Grace toward others and ourselves; grace and dramatically less judgment. Bad things happen and we don’t always know why. When bad things do happen may our default position be one of grace.
What say you?