Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Not Why? But What Now?

When calamities strike like what we observed in Japan and elsewhere recently, many tend to ask the question why these happened ?

Chuck Colson, President Prison International wrote an interesting article addressing this issue. Essentially he said we should ask "What Now ?"

God gave us intelligence and abilities to learn many of nature's behaviors. Earthquakes and the likes are natural occurrences due to activities in the earth. Beside, if man chose to build cities along the fault lines, we are expecting and taking the risks of disasters. Than should we be asking "Why these happened?"

How should Christians respond in these situations ? ( I am learning too )

He said :

But as a Christian, what do I do when disaster strikes? I pray for the victims, console the grieving, and love my neighbor created in God’s image. That is, I get to work and help those in need. And I have no doubt that Christians -- those who follow a God whom the atheists call cruel and inhumane -- will be in the vanguard of helping the hurting in Japan because He has taught us to love one another on this beautifully created, intricately complex, and even sometimes dangerous planet on which we live, and because humans are, after all, the crown of creation.

As the Psalmist writes, “When I look at thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars which thou hast established; what is man that thou art mindful of him? Yet thou hast made him a little less than God, and dost crown him with glory and honor.”

To read the whole article click on the title of this post

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