I have a good friend from a previous USAF assignment that always asks great questions and makes astute observations. In the latest one he wrote, “This article is pretty tough to read, but details some of the horrors in the Congo. Makes me wonder how God can allow something like this to occur.” He goes on to ask why God doesn’t stop these acts of violence from happening.
The original article is here. And he is right, it is hard to read: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/07/opinion/07kristof.html
His question delves into something the best theological minds, past and present struggle to understand. It is commonly called the problem of evil.
In the end, the best answer I can give is that I don’t know but I suspect one of the answers is that when we ask, “God why don’t you do something about it?” God is asking us why we don’t do something about it. I think part of the reason we are here is to learn to do something about it. If we truly care about what is right and what is wrong, we should feel compelled to answer. Once, when the disciples asked who was to feed the 5000, Jesus turned to them and said, “You feed them.”
This is easy to say and hard to do but I believe if we can put people on the moon and send probes out of the solar system, we have the capability to stop genocide. But we have to have collective will to do this. And we have to re prioritize what is important to us.
How would you have answered my friend?