Saturday, January 01, 2005

Where is God in the tsunami?

Luckily my faith is pretty resilient to massive questions like these, as I'm used to asking them, and being able to sit with not knowing the answers.

But I know for some people, particularly some of the young people I'm lucky enough to be able to hang out with-this will be a big question.

My insant reaction is to spout off something about how I don't think God really controls the weather (which I don't), but I know this won't satisfy a lot of people. Seemingly glib, simple answers that can be seen to be avoiding the question just won't cut it with a lot of postmodern people today-so how do I respond?

I would probably be more comfortable with just saying 'Man, I don't know-its just crap'


Garth said...

I haven't come across that question yet, apart from a quick mention on the 'Sunrise' program asking people to email in responese. Interestingly Phil Jenson (sometimes outspoken Anglican Dean Sydney) has released comment on 'God's pending judgement in relation to the Tsunami.

Like yourself I even think I have the answer to that one, so I won't pretend to, in fact I hate it when we 'have to' have an answer for all these sorts of things. I think what God would have of us though is be involved in the the healing process, the financial giving, creative support roles etc. To show His face through our actions, rather than philosophise over answers in our religious castles. I would see Jesus roling up his sleeves in the clean up, crying where he saw death as with Lazarus, bringing healing, comfort, and love. What an opportunity we have now to do those things that should be characteristic of hios people!

I say, forget the questions that we have have no concrete answers to and get on with his work of healing their land and lives.

Digger said...

Yeah good point Garth. I too tend to be from the school of 'lets just get on and do something about it' rather than posing big big hypothetical, theological questions-but it will still be something that people will ask.

It was interesting, in todays Age, there was heaps of opinion letters and editorials. I reckon once the immediate grief and shock start to subside, then people will start to ponder the bigger questions of life.

It will be interesting to see what develops.