Bravo, Kevin

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?

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3 Responses to “Bravo, Kevin”

  1. Kevin Says:

    As connected as these tubes are, I find most references to myself, one way or another. Thank you for your kind words. Yes, in part I was thinking of the “kids” at Union, when I wrote that post. But what the kids said is but an echo I’m sure they’ve heard many times over by people of all ages and beliefs. It was not specifically to those Unioners, but to everyone, that I wrote.

    Regardless, God does love us all. In that I find great peace.

  2. Ginger Says:

    Like you were some great philosophical and theological mind at 20 years old.

    For real!

    Thank you for saying that!

  3. Slartibartfast Says:

    Hey, Kevin. I thought you might be thinking of them, and it’s a great jumping-off point for discussion. At several places this week, though, I’ve seen direct criticism of those kids (one, the day after the tornados).

    It’s a great (and very important) subject of discussion – and every worldview has to deal with the subject of pain, even atheism. Christianity takes a little more work , therefore we get the “how could a loving, all seing God allow…” questions.

    But you went for the question, and not for the kids. That was cool.


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