There is a very common complaint against God floating around now days. There are several variations, but it goes something like this, “Why would a good God allow innocent children to starve to death?” The idea is that if God were truly good, he would not allow children to suffer. So because we see suffering children in the world, we take it as evidence that God must not be good. We’re basically saying that Angelina Jolie is more compassionate than God Almighty. We’re implying that either God is NOT a good God because he ALLOWED this to happen, or he is not a POWERFUL enough God to STOP this from happening. Either argument accuses God of not being who or what he claims to be: All-good and all-powerful, all-knowing, just and righteous, merciful and kind. Both arguments are the product of human logic.
In both arguments, we humans are better than God. In one, we are more compassionate and good, in the other we are more righteous and just making us able to judge God by a human sense of right and wrong. Both of these accusations are called “blasphemy” which is claiming for yourself the rights and qualities of God. We puny humans shake our fists at God and point an accusing finger at him shouting that we are more just that he is, we are more compassionate than he is.
But what if, some day, when you pointed your finger at God and said, “How can a good God allow innocent children to starve to death?” God actually answered you. What if God responded with this, “I saw those children starving to death and it broke my heart. So I gave YOU all the resources to save them. I gave YOU more than enough money to feed your family and their family too. I gave YOU a bigger house than you would need, hoping that you would share it with one of those children. I gave YOU a powerful government to use to speak for those without a voice. I gave YOU access to 90% of the world’s resources, hoping that you would spread them around. I saw those children starving to death, and I wondered why YOU didn’t do anything to help them.”
When Jesus saw the multitude of people following him, he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he sat down and started teaching them. As the day came to a close, the disciples noted the time and they encouraged Jesus to send the people home to eat dinner. Jesus was concerned that some would have a long journey home and might faint along the way. He told his disciples “YOU give them something to eat.” Their initial shock was replaced by another kind of surprise when Jesus himself multiplied the loaves of bread and little fishes from a child’s sack lunch. And everyone had enough to eat.
Jesus provided the miracle, but the disciples were given the command to pass it all out, “You give them something to eat.” So before you point your finger in God’s face and accuse him of injustice and hard heartedness, take a long hard look at your own style of living and your own habits of consumption. Are you really more righteous than God? Because we didn’t save those children, God took them back to Heaven to take care of them himself. How can a human ever love as much as God?
“If you give a cup of cold water to a child in my Name, it’s the same as if you gave it to me personally.” ~Jesus Christ.