At breakfast this morning I was told a heartbreaking story. A young child was involved in a tragic accident. The child did not make it. It was the same day as a chaplain for the Bluffton Police Department that the news breaks concerning the death of a North Charleston officer. It wasn’t a case that should have resulted in a shooting and death. In both of these sad situations death should not have occurred.   It seems senseless.

As I sat and talked with my friend he asked the question that we all ask sometime in life. With earnestness he asked “Why?” Why does God allow such things to happen especially to young children?

I had to sheepishly admit, “I don’t know.” We don’t like that answer. We want to know.   In these cases when we admit we don’t know we still want to be in control. It is easier to blame God or doubt Him. It is easier to blame shift. Blame God. It works.

It seems like it works. It works to make us not face reality. The reality is “something is wrong in this world.” Something is wrong with people. No matter how hard we try and no matter how much money, education, socialization, and technology we have a sense that something is wrong.

If something wasn’t wrong we wouldn’t need hospitals, police officers, firemen, insurance and just about anything else we throw at the wrongs of this world. We hate the idea that the world and everybody in it including ourselves has something wrong.

One of the top 10 reasons people make for not going to church is “I don’t want to feel bad.” Basically let me rephrase that…”I don’t want to face the truth that something is wrong.” If we can avoid that something is wrong than we don’t have to face Jesus.

I have been asked if we can be good enough to spend eternity with God. The answer is simple. It’s “NO!” Something is wrong. Something is wrong with every one of us. Think about it for a minute before you finish reading this article. We hate the idea. Watch yourself carefully. If you think too long on it each one of us will try to make a case that what is wrong with me is not as bad as what is wrong with someone else. Try using that one with the parents of a deceased child.   It doesn’t fly.

Blame shift, justify, deflect, avoid and medicate or any other method one can use…it doesn’t deal with the fact that something is wrong. If it isn’t we can save the state a lot of money by closing the hospital, send the police officers home and use the fire halls for country line dancing.  There is always a sense there needs to be leadership, guidance and some sort of policing force or ideal. Why? Something is out of kilter.  Jesus was not afraid to make us realize this truth of failure. He was actually moved to tears when Lazarus was dead and the mourning of his family was great. Honest confrontation of our misery brings growth in God’s grace. Any sense of self-satisfaction and achievement whittles away the sense of needing God.

The amazing grace about Jesus is that he provides an answer. It is not how much man can or cannot do. It is about what Jesus did. He paid the price. He paid it with his blood.   He brought the process of redemption to a world that was corrupted by man’s sin. God paid the price by himself. It isn’t human. Human answers have man paying some sort of price to be God. The belief in Jesus is to rest in what he did not what we have to do. One day, children won’t die. Until then, all Jesus asks is for man to believe He as God paid the price to bring redemption to a world gone wrong. Take Jesus out of the equation and what does mankind have? Good question…my bet the answer is “man.”   Ummmm, something is wrong with that for sure.    

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