What God Did Not Do
Love cannot, by its
nature, destroy, hurt, murder, bomb, or take a life. The wrath
of God that some persons so easily connect to the will of God is
the absence of God. Ask a drug addict starving for a fix how it
is going and you will get the begging cry for cocaine hell that
is a small example of the absence or wrath of God.
Some want desperately to assign the devastation in New York
to the will of God. They want to point to the sin of America and
connect the sin of America to the tragedy on Tuesday. Some
persons want the sinners to "get theirs" in order to
demonstrate that God is in control. God does not need to destroy
sinners for the sinners determine their own fate now, or in the
hereafter, or sometimes both.
In this distorted "get theirs" theology, there is
no love and no grief over the sin. In this "they deserve to
die because they are sinners" theology there is just a
distorted sense of anger at the lack of righteousness in others.
Make no mistake about it. Love does not kill. Killing comes
about because of evil. Killing comes about because of Satan.
This earth sits in the septic tank of Satan. The influence of
Satan sits in every human heart. The dirt on which we walk was
created by God but infected by Satan. Because the influence of
Satan is so prevalent, we must often confront evil and use evil
to rid evil. This is a horrible circumstance for those of us who
love the Lord God with all our heart, all our soul, and all our
There is a connection between human acts of sin and God.
However, the connection is not direct cause and effect. Sin has
its own consequence. Evil has its own consequence. Darkness has
its own consequence. We might want to somehow ascribe the will
of God to the deaths of thousands in New York, but God does not
destroy life. God creates life and sustains life. It is evil,
darkness, and Satan infecting the hearts, minds, and souls of
the hijackers that took those lives…not God.
If there is a connection between the terrorist attacks and
sin in America the connection is made because of evil, not
because of God.
God loves you. God loves the sinner. God loves the sinner so
much that He sent His son to die for persons like the terrorists
who took so many innocent lives. We cannot fathom what the
terrorists did. What may be more unfathomable is the love that
God has for you, for me, and for the persons who took so many