The New York Daily News raised eyebrows and the ire of many when it ran a headline after the shooting massacre in San Bernadino that read “God Isn’t Fixing This.” In the story, they mocked Republican and Christian leaders for saying they would pray for the victims and families involved in this tragedy.
The aim of the story was another call from the media to ban, outlaw, and take away guns from people. The New York Daily News is guilty of only seeing a symptom. I do, however, want to say that I agree with their headline, but their answer to the problem is incorrect. Please allow me to explain.
God isn’t going to fix the problem of evil in our world the way they portray. You see, God could completely eliminate evil from our world in less time than it takes you or I to blink. But God won’t do that. Let me give you two reasons why.
1. God Doesn’t Force People to Be Good
The greatest picture of God we are given in Scripture is the picture of a Father. God, as a loving father, like any good parent, knows that children will make bad choices we don’t want them to make.
No parent I have ever talked with said, “I want my child to grow up to be a murderer.” No parent ever dreamed that their child would grow up to be a prostitute, thief, addict, or anything else like this. God does not desire for us, his greatest creation, to make those choices either.
It is against the very character of who God is to remove free choice from people. He does not desire mindless slaves, but willing friends.
2. God Doesn’t Force His Way into People’s Lives
This is related to the above point. God wants people to choose to follow him and his way, but he won’t force them to. In Revelation 3:20, it says, “Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me.”
There is a famous painting of Jesus standing outside a door in the evening. The light outside the door is lit, and he is knocking. If you look closely at the painting, you will notice one detail. The door has no handle or knob. There is no way for Jesus to enter the home unless it is opened by the owner. Jesus won’t open the door himself or kick it down. He waits for the invitation. People who choose not to open the door will not have a relationship with him. Those people are more likely to make choices to do evil.
Is There a Better Question?
So, will God fix this? The answer is, “No, not directly.” God is not going to force people to stop choosing to do evil. But there is a better question. The Better question is, “Can God fix this?” The answer is “Yes.” But God will only fix this if people will turn to God, open the doors to their hearts, and allow Jesus to come in and establish a permanent, personal relationship. It begins first with you reading this post. Then you need to take the message of God’s love to others who haven’t experienced God’s love in their lives.
As more and more people give over their lives to God, the amount of evil in the world will get less and less. As more people live for Jesus, less will make evil choices. So that is how God can fix this. Will you do your part?
Let me know what you think. Leave a comment below.