Evil–Part 1

I’ve been thinking about Evil a lot lately.   Not that I’ve been planning it but I’ve been questioning it, fighting it and wondering about it.  

Why does a good God allow evil to happen?   Why does He allow people to do evil things?  Why does He allow bad things to happen to good people?  And why does it often seem that the good people suffer more than the evil do?   Why do mothers die of cancer?   Why is poverty such a big problem in this world?

If you read “The Locust Effect” by Gary Haugen (from The International Justice Mission), a vast amount, if not all of the poverty in the world is because of evil and violence.   Warning – don’t read his book right before going to bed, it’s scary.   Why does God allow this type of evil to exist?

Let me share a couple of thoughts that I’ve come across lately about why the evil in this world exists.    Both of them come from the movie,  “God’s Not Dead” which my family and I rented this past weekend. 

Theory #1 of why evil exists.   Evil exists because it’s our fault.   Man ate of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eve and brought sin in the world.    God said (and I’m paraphrasing very liberally), “You guys screwed up and I’ll fix it all in the end but there will be consequences.”     God sent His Son to provide the ultimate payment for the sins of the world – and we know the end result.    But we also know that from now until then, there will be pain and suffering in the world.   Could God just make it all go away?   Yes He could.   But like any good parent, actually, the best parent, He is choosing not to remove the consequences of our sin.  

He wants us to make a choice – do we choose Him and reject and fight against what the evil of the world is doing?   Or do we choose to reject Him and side with the evil of the world?

In many ways, I think the evil of this present time is very similar to WWII between D-Day and the surrender of the Germans.   Everyone knew who the final victor was going to be.  Everyone knew that the Allied forces were going to drive Germany back and force their eventual surrender.    But there was a lot of pain, a lot of evil, a lot of death and destruction that had to be “gotten through” to get to the victory and the achievement of peace.

God hasn’t stopped the evil because He wants us to choose.   Do we choose God and eventual triumph over the sin and evil of the world?   Or do we reject God and continue in paths of evil?

Joshua 24:15 – “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”


P.S. But why do the evil people seem to have it so good?    More on that in Part 2

Changing the Bucket Question

I’ve mentioned before, I’m in the process of reading two books about poverty and orphans.   “He Walks Among Us” by Richard Stearns (CEO of World Vision) and “The Locust Effect” by Gary Haugen of The International Justice Mission.    Two totally different books, two totally different perspectives but both are books I’d highly recommend.

Today, I read part of Richard Stearns book and he raised a very good point.    Anyone who knows anything about the vulnerable children crisis knows that the numbers are overwhelming.    No matter what “classification” you use, no matter what direction you go, there are millions if not billions of children who are suffering.

It’s almost enough to make one throw their hands up in the air and say, “I can’t do enough to make a difference, my donation, my help is barely a drop in the bucket.”  And then go on their merry way and buy their new toys and put the problem as an “over there” type of problem.

Notice I said, “Almost.”

Richard tells the story of a little boy in Myanmar who, while only a drop in the “bucket,” was a child who World Vision truly made a difference for.    A life changing difference.   This child’s life went from empty and without hope to overflowing.   Overflowing with joy, with love and with purpose.    His bucket was filled to overflowing.

So, that changes the question……

It’s no longer a question of “will my little bit of help make a difference since it’s only a drop in the bucket?”

Now it’s, “How many individual buckets of needy children is God calling me to fill?

It’s not a question of, “Will my donation,  my prayer, my caring make a difference when the problem is so big?”

Now it’s a question of, “It’s a problem of many small buckets and I’m going to do my part to fill them.   Will you help?”

It’s no longer a question of, “Because it’s so big of a problem, why do I even have to care?”

Now it’s a question of, “Because it’s so big of a problem, I do have to care – God, where and how would you have me care and what would you have me do?


The Bucket Question has changed.   Will your response change?