The Crack in Creation
Our response to evil, pain, and suffering can be a corridor through which you receive Jesus.
(Read Mark 5:21-43)
Perhaps Jairus had taken his eye off of his little daughter for just a moment, never thinking she'd go near the edge of that roof. Maybe he'd warned her a dozen times to stay out of the road when she heard the sound of Roman chariots. Perhaps he'd never meant to hit her so hard when she talked back to him. We don't know what caused his daughter's malady, but we can hear the agony in Jairus' voice as he speaks to Jesus. "My little daughter is dying," Jairus says (Mark 5:23).
Consider one of the other people who came to Jesus that day. The Bible says that there was a woman who "had been subject to bleeding for twelve years" (Mark 5:25). Every day had to be a battle just to find the energy to handle the simple tasks of living. The horror of the woman's illness likely denied her the comfort of companionship and certainly branded her as ritually "unclean" and therefore unfit for religious fellowship. But, as if that weren't enough, the Bible says: "She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors, had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better, grew worse" (Mark 5:26).
What does a believer in an all-powerful, all-loving God say to that woman or that father? What does the believer say to families who now wail through the night because a loved one is not coming home? What does a Christian reply to the inevitable "Why?" that rises in the throat when innocents have been slaughtered, disease strikes, or the wicked seem to prosper? If as the Scriptures say creation is meant to mirror the character of God, then why are there so many cracks? It must be God's fault. God is to blame for creating evil and letting it keep happening. What do you think?
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Dan Meyer is pastor of Christ Church of Oak Brook in Oak Brook, Illinois.