He doesn’t have comments enabled so I can’t tell him at his place, but this post by Kevin (the Homeless Guy) is outstanding. A sample:
People in this part of the country can be deeply biblically religious, and they will either give thanks to God for being spared from the storm’s devastation, believing their faith saved them, or they will call on God for the strength to carry on after suffering greatly, as the storm devastated their lives. There will be some who will lose their faith in God because He did not protect them, as they felt He should. And, they may chose to no longer believe in God, and may carry a heart of anger towards God for the rest of their lives.
But, is any of this really about God? Is it really about us humans? Do the natural forces of our planet act against our immoral tendencies? God is sometimes said to be capricious – that there is no rhyme or reason to His actions. But perhaps that is because we give God too much credit for what happens in our lives. Do we succeed because God likes us? Do we win against others in the competitions of life because God prefers us to others?
This is deep stuff, and many clergy struggle with these questions. As I read the entire post, I found myself nodding along. I have some minor quibbles on some of the theological aspects, along with a couple of philosophical questions (I think mankind is at once insignificant and of greatest importance to God -that whole triune things gets people every time). But that doesn’t take away from how profound and eloquent Kevin’s post is. Go read it.
On a related note, y’all (and you know who you are), LAY OFF the Union students!!!! They are mere kids, they just survived a traumatic event most of us will never have to go through, and they are trying to make sense of it all. Let’s discuss the philosophical ramifications of their saying that God was “with them and protected them” some other time. I think criticising these kids,at this time, is of the suck. Like you were some great philosophical and theological mind at 20 years old. Give them a little leeway. Later, ‘k?