Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Wave of 26 December 2004

The Killer Wave that swap away more than 100,000 lives in the region of South East Asia must have provoked people to wonder,"If there is God, why then He allowed such calamity? If God is good, why He destroyed lives?" Why? Why? WHY!!!!!!!!!!??!!!???

Why what? It's natural disaster, for God's sake. Could Christians stop asking such questions and start to think with a balanced theology? God allowed it to happened because He simply allowed it. If people brag about so much death and so much suffering, as if la, there is no death and suffering for everyone. I believe everyone does suffer in one way or another just as everyone will say "bye-bye" in one way or another. Just that in this case, it is through this unexpected way.

I might be able to take it in this manner because there is no one around me that was affected by it, but that doesn't mean i took a bias stand but still this is too sensitive and inappropriate for me to comment.

I think the real question is this: if my kin was affected by this wave, will i still believe in God?
Still guessing...

1 comment:

Jack The LOT{B}R said...

This is supposed to go into my blog...but i got quite lazy to publish it. So here, a new year gift to you, since you asked for a "balanced theology". Unedited though...and only excerpts of my whole thought;

There are many who responded to the recent tsunami disaster in Malaysia. And there are as many different responses. Perhaps this is a rare occurrence; therefore we were not prepared to face such event. The government was not prepared to handle the emergency; the people were not ready to react to such terrible ordeal. The Church was not ready to response to this sudden disaster. Amongst Christians, I have heard two troubling remarks:

1. "This cannot be the hands of God; surely this is not His plan."

2. "This must be the punishment of God for the sins of those people in Penang for their rampant idolatry."

The first remark did not take into consideration that God is sovereign in all things. Not even a single hair feel without His knowledge and allowance. Besides, He rules over the raging seas (Ps 89); by His words the stormy sea and the violent winds excite and reside (Luke 8). How can it be that God was taken by surprise; how can it be that this unfortunate event was not in His plans? Indeed we must humble down ourselves to the sovereign hands of God acknowledging, "As for this God, His way is perfect" (2 Sam 22:31). We can only submit to His chastening hands and be thankful for the gracious mercy to withold worse destructions. Perhaps there are sins in our lives that God wished to warn us of, or perhaps He sent these sufferings and pain in order to bend us into glory.

This brings us to the second remark. There are Christians who start to point fingers at places like Penang and Sri Lanka and charged that the ppl there deserved this calamity because of their rampant idolatry. Let us not be over-judgemental in this issue, my brethrens. Recall Jesus' comment at the beginning of Luke 13;

"Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish."

Yes, we are not any better than those who are currently suffering, nor are they any worse than us. Remember the grace of God in our lives and repent lest we provoke His anger and judgement also!

Finally, "pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit orphans and widows in their afflictions, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world." (James1:27), while we formulate a biblical perspective of events around us and keep ourselves holy to be presentable to GOd, let us remember also those who are sufferings and extend our mercy and love to them (in cash and kinds!!).