In a world of heinous crimes and awful violence, where the God of love? The events of Friday night have rocked the world. Of course, this is a daily reality for many who live in the Middle East or many other of the black-spots of world events such as Somalia, Pakistan or Nigeria. But as a Christian, I have my faith shaken. Where was Jesus in all this? It seems that the all-loving, all-knowing and all-powerful God didn’t want to, didn’t know how to, or couldn’t stop these awful events.
Where was he? I feel sick asking the question.
The Western World has realised that their governments cannot supply 100% security which they have come to expect. When there is an attack like the Paris attack, who among the authorities is to blame? Well, nobody.
It is interesting when we turn to the Bible, God is not portrayed as the ultimate government official guaranteeing our safety. He doesn’t seem to be in the business of protecting his people, or anyone from the actions of evil people. From Job through to the Apostle Paul all suffered. I know from my own circumstances that God does not protect us from the unjust actions of others. So where is He? Where is Jesus?
He is there. He is along side. He knows what it is to suffer injustice and the evil actions of others. There, on the cross, he suffered and died. When He cried out, “My God, My God, why have you forsakened me”, he was identifying himself with the innocent sufferer of Psalm 22 and struggling with the same sentiments we are feeling here. The next couple of phrases clarify it well.
[why are you] so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest.
Jesus knows and has been in that darkest place. This is no answer to Paris, Beirut or Baghdad but it does tell is that God is not a high-up aloof God who does not care. He’s been there.